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MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Materials - Shaping the World
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit provides an overview of the application of different types of materials, and how they perform in extreme conditions, to reinforce the knowledge learnt in first semester units by a combination of taught examples and self-learning through applying concepts in the form of case studies.
- Reinforce the basic knowledge and theories learnt in first year units.
- Improve confidence in the use of skills, team working, peer review and communication of ideas.
- Provide an overview of the applications of different types of materials, why they are selected and how they are designed to perform in extreme conditions.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, group excises, guided team work case studies, recommended textbooks, web resources, electronic supporting information (Blackboard), peer-assisted study sessions (PASS), peer review.
Knowledge and understanding
- Discuss the general factors driving new materials developments
- Understand the thought processes and complexities involved in balancing a range of material property requirements for a demanding application, including mechanical performance, degradation in the environment, cost, environmental issues and the production process.
- Apply basic materials’ concepts to understanding in developing new materials for demanding applications.
- Discuss the unique microstructure and property balance that determines the applications of different types of important advanced structural and functional materials.
- Discuss of the unique property balance that has evolved in natural materials and underpins their biological function.
- Show improved logical reasoning and problem solving.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of changing the chemistry and microstructure/architecture of a material on its properties
- Research literature sources
- Design and créate an e-media file / e-book
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Work effectively in a team with defined roles to solve problems.
- Plan, prioritise, delegate/distribute and deliver a programme of work within a team.
- Communication of ideas in an oral and video format.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Feedback given verbal + written
- “Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World”. M. Miodnownik, Penguine, 2013.
- “Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction”, W. D. Callister, D. G. Rethwisch, Pub. Wiley, 2010.
- “Materials engineering, science, processing and design”, M.F. Ashby, H.R. Shercliff and D. Cebon. Butterworth-Heinemann, 3rd edition, 2013.
- “Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design” M.F. Ashby, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010.
- “Corrosion Engineering”, M.G. Fontana, McGraw-Hill, 2005.
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|Dirk Engelberg||Unit coordinator|