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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M11
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: YEOMANS JA Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Post-short course assessment package comprising:



Short answer questions




Essay-based question




Applications-based question






Qualifying Condition(s) 


A mark of 50% is required to pass the module



Module Overview

This module provides a general introduction to the field of materials science and engineering.

Normal entry requirements for a level M degree programme
Module Aims

This course aims to provide students with:



  • a systematic understanding of the different classes of engineering materials, their key properties and their principal application areas



  • a knowledge of the major techniques used to characterise materials and evaluate their properties, including the quantitative treatment of data where appropriate.



  • an appreciation of the importance of processing-microstructure-property relationships through the use of illustrative examples


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:




  • describe and account for the structure, processing routes and key properties of the main classes of materials



  • explain how materials are characterised



  • construct processing-structure-property relationships for existing and potential materials.



  • assess the suitability of a material for a given purpose, using quantitative analyses where appropriate


Module Content



Crystal Structures




Fundamental Properties of Materials


Functional Properties of Materials


Structural Properties of Materials


Surfaces and Interfaces


Phase Equilibria




Light Metals


Structure and Properties of Ceramics


Structure and Properties of Polymers


Processability of Polymers






Structural Analysis (Diffraction)


Structural Analysis (Imaging)


Introduction to Scanning probe Microscopy


Surface Engineering




Introduction to Modelling


Materials for Biomedical Applications



Methods of Teaching/Learning

Intensive five day teaching period including lectures, tutorials and problem solving sessions, followed by assessment package of a nominal 120 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week.


Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals


Required reading


Two textbooks are supplied along with extensive course notes. 



The books are:


Ashby MF and Jones DRH,


Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to their Properties and Applications,


2nd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996. (ISBN 07506 30817)



Ashby MF and Jones DRH,


Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design,


2nd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998. (ISBN 07506 40197)



Recommended background reading


The library has a wide range of textbooks that support the Materials Science and Engineering curriculum, including:



Callister WD Jr,


Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction,


7th ed, John Wiley & Sons, 2007 (ISBN 0471 73696 1)



Callister, WD and Rethwisch, DG


Materials Science and Engineering
8th ed, John Wiley & Sons, 2011 (
ISBN 978-0-470-50586-1)




Last Updated

09 May 2011