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Unit information: Properties of Materials 1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Properties of Materials 1
Unit code CENG10001
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Macdonald
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of this course is to present concepts and fundamentals to the student that lay the foundations of understanding about the behaviour and use of the different material groups particularly metals and polymers. The basic structure of each material group is explained, and for a variety of loading conditions representing common engineering situations, the expected and observed deformation for each group is identified.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students will

1. have a good understanding of most of the technical terms associated with materials, 2. know how standard measurements on materials can be made, 3. have an insight into how the three classes of materials behave under stress, and how this behaviour may be compromised within different environments, 4. have studied the historical development of at least one material.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

Coursework 20%, 2-hour written exam 80%

Reading and References

Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction, W.D. Callister, (Wiley), 1999

Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, W.F. Smith, (McGraw-Hill), 1996

Construction Materials – their nature and behaviour, J M Illston and P L J Domone (eds) (E & F N Spon 2001)

The Science and Technology of Civil Engineering Materials, J F Young et al (Prentice Hall) 1998

Civil Engineering Materials, Shan Somayaji (Prentice Hall) 2001