AMME1362/9302 is an introductory course in engineering materials. The unit aims to develop students' understanding of the structures, mechanical properties and manufacture of a range of engineering materials as well as how the mechanical properties relate to microstructure and forming and treatment methods. The unit has no prerequisite subject and is therefore intended for those with little or no previous background in engineering materials. However the unit does require students to take a significant degree of independent responsibility for developing their own background knowledge of materials and their properties. The electrical, magnetic, thermal and optical properties of materials are a critical need-to-know area where students are expected to do most of their learning by independent study.



#NameGroupWeightDue WeekOutcomes
1 Quiz No 21.00 Weeks 5, 9 & 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Lab Report No 10.00 Week 13 1, 5,
3 Seminar Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
4 Seminar Report Yes 10.00 Week 9 1,
5 Final Exam No 49.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,



45 minutes each. Based on comcepts / problems from the textbook and lectures.

Quiz 1: Chapters 3, 4 & 6

Quiz 2: Chapters 7, 9 - 11

Quiz 3: Chapters 12 - 16


Lab Report

Follow the guideline provided


Seminar Presentation

15-minute presentation + 5-minute Q-A

Focus on synthesis / processing-structure-property relationships and applications


Seminar Report

Group written report (2500-3000 words, 10 pages maximum)


Weekly Schedule

Week 1Introduction to Materials (Chapter 1)
  Mechanical Properties of Metals: Stress and Strain (Chapter 6)
  Mechanical Properties of Metals: Elastic and Plastic Deformation (Chapter 6)
Week 2 Mechanical Properties of Metals: Toughness and Ductility (Chapter 6)
  Failure: Ductile and Brittle Fracture and Fatigue (Chapter 8)
  Structure of Crystalline Solids: Unit Cells and Crystal Parameters (Chapter 3)
Week 3 Structure of Crystalline Solids: Metallic Crystals (Chapter 3)
  Structure of Crystalline Solids: Indexing Crystals (Chapter 3)
  Imperfections in Solids: Point and Linear Defects (Chapter 4)
Week 4 Imperfections in Solids: Planar and Volume Defects (Chapter 4)
  Dislocations and Mechanisms of Plastic Deformation (Chapter 7)
  Strategies for Materials Strengthening (Chapter 7)
Week 5 Quiz 1 (Chapters 3, 4 and 6)
  Phase Diagrams: Definitions and Basic Concepts (Chapter 9)
  Phase Diagrams: Binary Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Week 6 Phase Diagrams: Binary Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
  Phase Diagrams: The Iron–Carbon System (Chapter 9)
  Metals: Solidification and Phase Transformation (Chapter 10)
Week 7 Metals: Fe-C Alloys (Chapter 10)
  Applications and Processing of Metals: Ferrous Metals (Chapter 11)
  Applications and Processing of Metals: Nonferrous Metals (Chapter 11)
Week 8 Ceramics: Structures (Chapter 12)
  Ceramics: Mechanical Properties (Chapter 12)
  Ceramics: Types and Applications (Chapter 13)
Week 9 Quiz 2 (Chapters 7, 9 -- 11)
  Ceramics: Fabrication and Processing (Chapter 13)
  Polymers: Structures (Chapters 14 and 15)
Week 10 Polymers: Mechanical Behaviours and Strengthening (Chapters 14 and 15)
  Polymers: Synthesis and Processing (Chapters 14 and 15)
  Composites (Chapter 16)
Week 11 Composites (Chapter 16)
  Composites (Chapter 16)
  Microscopy techniques
Week 12 Microscopy techniques
  Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
  Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Week 13 Quiz 3 (Chapters 12 -- 16)
  Physical Properties (Chapters 18–21)
  Physical Properties (Chapters 18–21)
Exam Period Final Exam

Learning Outcome

Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)

  1. To be able to communicate effectively materials science and engineering issues in oral and/or written presentations.

Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)

  1. To be able to describe, in relatively simple terms, the manufacture of metals, ceramics, and polymers and the effect of manufacturing process on properties, and the significance of this in terms of engineering design and applications.

Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)

  1. To be able to describe, in relatively simple terms, the crystal structure and associated crystal imperfections of materials, electron microscopic techniques for materials structural characterization, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically

  2. To be able to describe, in relatively simple terms, the process of solid state diffusion in materials, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically.

  3. To be able to describe the main mechanical properties of materials, how to test for each, and how to analysis and calculate the results of a test.

  4. To understand the basics of binary phase diagrams and to be able to use them in describing and measuring the effects of heat treatment on microstructure. The significance of metastability will be a key focus, particularly in relation to metallurgy

  5. To understand the basics of corrosion and degradation of materials and some corrosion prevention methods

  6. To understand the basics of electrical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties of materials and be able to describe them theoretically and schematically.