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Unit information: Materials Engineering in 2021/22

Unit name Materials Engineering
Unit code MENG20005
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Peel
Open unit status Not open

Engineering Mathematics 1 (EMAT10100)

Engineering Science (MENG10004) or equivalent



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit builds on the knowledge of materials and their behaviour in structures in the First year and introduces more advanced topics including three-dimensional stress and strain, yield criteria, thin and thick-walled cylinders, material selection strategies, phase diagrams, polymer processing, composite design and techniques to evaluate the sustainability of materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

1. Derive material indices for selection and provide sensible material choices under open ended scenarios.
2. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate common processing routes for materials and diagnose failures arising from inappropriate processing. 3
3. Identify key issues affecting the sustainability of materials and how we might mitigate any problems.
4. Able to Solve a wide range of problems in Mechanics of Materials by using suitable theoretical methods.
5. Able to Demonstrate the modelling skills needed to simplify complex mechanics of materials problems such that efficient analysis may be carried out.
6. Able to Specify the assumptions made in modelling and the likely accuracy of calculated results.

Teaching Information

Learning material including videos, notes and narrated lectures will be made available to the students online. These will include live online sessions led by teaching staff. Where possible, face to face activities may take place. 

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed with a single summative examination. Feedback will be provided to students via formative assessment elements during the year.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.