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Undergraduate Course: Materials 2 (SCEE08016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryMaterials are at the core of all disciplines of engineering. Engineers are better engineers when they have an awareness and understanding of the properties of materials. Science gives us a framework for understanding materials, within which we can include all classes of materials, hence to some extent unifying the treatment of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. This is materials science. At the heart of materials science is microstructure, which characterises the internal architecture of substances. A description of the composition and internal architecture of materials gives us a basis for understanding engineering properties. Developing a broad knowledge of the underpinning science of materials, and how this links with properties, enables you to apply these concepts in engineering. This involves thinking carefully, discerning key concepts in a particular situation, and beginning to appreciate the complexities, subtleties and ambiguities that arise when dealing with materials. This skill set is part of your development as a problem solving engineer.
Course description The aim of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the materials used in engineering, their properties and structures.

- Materials Classification
metals, polymers, ceramics, composites

- Properties
e.g. mechanical, thermal, chemical
Definition, units, quality of data

- Structure of materials
Structure on different scales
Atoms, bonding, crystal structures, microstructures

- Material classes
Metals & alloys
Ceramics, concrete

- Applications in engineering
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Materials Science and Engineering (Civil) 2 (CIVE08013) AND Materials Science and Engineering 2 (SCEE08005)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 7.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 77 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 80
Coursework %: 20

The School has a 40% rule for this course, whereby you must achieve a minimum of 40% in coursework and 40% in written exam components, as well as an overall mark of 40% to pass a course. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
Feedback In interactive parts of delivery (e.g. tutorials, discussion forums), and from coursework.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand basic concepts of material properties and material structures;
  2. Have knowledge of specific material classes: metals, polymers and ceramics; and how to extend this to 'hybrid' material classes e.g. composites and foams;
  3. Be familiar with concepts in materials of: selection, processing, and applications in engineering;
  4. Think about and link concepts in materials: from everyday knowledge, the underpinning science, and engineering applications; and appreciate the importance of materials understanding in all engineering disciplines;
  5. Have a foundation of learning to spark curiosity and fascination about materials that extends beyond the course.
Reading List
Materials Engineering, Science, Processing and Design, Michael F. Ashby, Hugh Shercliff, David Cebon, Butterworth-Heinemann

Engineering Materials, Volume 1: Properties and Applications, MF Ashby & DRH Jones, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann

Engineering Materials, Volume 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design, MF Ashby & DRH Jones: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, MF Ashby, Elsevier Science & Technology

Fundamentals of Materials (Chapt 1), Engineering properties of materials (Chapt 2) ICE Manual of Construction Materials, 2009, Institution of Civil Engineers (C. Hall).

Overview No. 80 On the engineering properties of materials, MF Ashby, 1989, Acta Metall, 37 (5), 1173-1293.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMaterials,Properties,Microstructure,Engineering Applications
Course organiserDr Jane Blackford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5677
Course secretaryMiss Maryna Vlasova
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