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MEng Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit introduces the fundamental concepts, tools, conventions and calculations of thermodynamics that are used in materials science. The topics in this unit are designed to show how disorder and energy, in all its forms, can be used to predict the stability of materials and to determine whether there is a driving force for them to change.
The unit introduces how we measure energy and order in materials, and how to use those values to predict how materials can be made, changed and broken down.
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
Watching and understanding pre-recorded (asynchronous) lectures, attending and participating in live (synchronous) lectures, completing formative assessments associated with pre-recorded lecture components, participating in anonymous formative quizzes run within lectures, working with peers and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) during tutorials (problem sessions) and practical laboratories, consulting recommended textbooks, complementing recommended resources with web resources, reviewing general and personal feedback on assessed coursework, completing questions on past exam papers, reviewing recorded lectures, working with current and previous members of the year group in peer-assisted study sessions (PASS).
Knowledge and understanding
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Feedback given (written/oral).
- “Atkins’ physical chemistry” P.W. Atkins and J. De Paula, 2010, 9ed, Oxford University Press: Oxford. (Editions 5 and later are fine.)
- “Biological thermodynamics” D.T. Haynie, 2009, 2ed, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
- “Phase transformations in metals and alloys” D.A. Porter and K.E. Easterling, 1992, 2ed, Taylor & Francis Group: Boca Raton. (Edition 3 is less good.)
- “Engineering mathematics” K.A. Stroud and D.J. Booth, 2007, 6ed, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.
- “Student’s solutions manual to accompany Atkins’ physical chemistry, ninth edition” C.A. Trapp, M.P. Cady, C. Giunta and P.W. Atkins, 2010, Oxford University Press: Oxford. (Editions 5 and later are fine.)
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|Christopher Blanford||Unit coordinator|