CHEM ENG 3029 - Material Science and Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

To provide students with a basic understanding of the various materials used in engineering applications. Lecture topics cover the basics of material science and engineering, the structure and property relationships for polymers, metals, and ceramics, advanced materials (optical, electronic, magnetic, biomaterials and nanomaterials), and the fundamentals of electrochemistry and corrosion engineering. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. The course should highlight the significance of materials science and engineering in modern society, and contextualise the selection of engineering materials on the basis of their characteristics and end use applications.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3029
    Course Material Science and Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 1009, CHEM ENG 3001
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Abel Santos

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the structure-property of material science;
    2 Define the basic properties and characteristics of metal/polymers/ceramics;
    3 Discuss the basic engineering principles of electrochemical engineering processes;
    4 Apply failure analysis and select appropriate materials or relevant corrosion protection schemes for corrosion resistance; and
    5 Demonstrate the basic aspects of advanced materials and their applications, such as electronic materials, optical materials and magnetic materials.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.3   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Callister W.D., Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 7th Ed, Wiley, 2007.

    K. R. Tretheway and J. Chamberlain; Corrosion for Science and Engineering, 2nd Ed, Longman.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 37 74
    Tutorials 11 22
    Computer Labs
    TOTAL 48 96
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Basic Materials

    ·  Metals

    ·  Polymers

    ·  Ceramics

    ·  Composites

    Topic 2: Advanced Materials

    ·  Electronic Materials

    ·  Magnetic Materials

    ·  Optical Materials

    Topic 3: Corrosion Engineering

    ·  Electrochemistry

    ·  Corrosion Mechanisms

    ·  Corrosion Prevention

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments 20 Group Formative Weeks 3, 6, 9, 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    2 in class quizzes 10 Individual Formative Weeks 4, 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Final exam 70 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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