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AMME5302: Foundations of Materials 1 (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5302: Foundations of Materials 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof. Liao , Xiaozhou
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL2110.
Brief Handbook Description: AMME2302 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.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Prof. Liao , Xiaozhou
Professor Cairney, Julie
Timetable: AMME5302 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 3 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 1
4 Independent Study 5.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: In tutorial classes students will work through the allocated problems, seeking assistance from the tutor as required.

Three quizzes will be held in lectures on Mondays in weeks 5, 9 and 13 to assess if students have understood important learning contents that they learnt in previous lectures.

Some tutorial classes will be devoted to student group seminars. Tutors will do their best to organize students with common interest into the same groups.

Attendance of tutorial classes is compulsory. Students are also expected to complete pre-tutorial tasks. Tutorials begin in week 2.

Laboratory: Laboratories will be held from week 4, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2 pm to 5 pm. Each student is required to attend only once during the semester for the Mechanical Property Laboratory. Specific dates are allocated by the Timetabling Unit. Attendance is compulsory. Non-attendance will result in a fail in this Unit of Study.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Knowledge of how properties relate to treatment of materials in manufacturing and engineering design is an important component of Mechanical Engineering expertise. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Properties of engineering materials is an important part of the science and engineering fundamentals required in engineering degrees. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Ability to carry out literature search from a range of resources in materials science and engineering Information Seeking (Level 1)
Ability to communicate materials science and engineering issues properly in both oral and written forms Communication (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

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)
2. 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
3. To be able to describe, in relatively simple terms, the process of solid state diffusion in materials, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. To understand the basics of electrical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties of materials and be able to describe them theoretically and schematically.
Communication (Level 1)
7. To be able to communicate effectively materials science and engineering issues in oral and/or written presentations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 21.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Lab Report No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 4, 7,
3 Presentation/Seminar Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 7,
4 Final Exam No 54.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Quiz: 3 quizzes (45 minutes each)

Final Exam: Exam (Individual, written assessment of entire course)

Lab Report: Report on Mechanical Properties Laboratory Session. Due 2 weeks after attending.

Presentation/Seminar: Group seminar (worth 8%) + written report (worth 7%). Report is due one week after the seminar.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content:
Note on Resources: In conjunction with the textbook, extra supplementary notes will also be available in the course web site ( before the lectures.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Materials (Chapter 1)
Mechanical Properties of Metals (Chapter 6)
Mechanical Properties of Metals (Chapter 6)
Week 2 Mechanical Properties of Metals (Chapter 6)
Structure of Crystalline Solids (Chapter 3)
Structure of Crystalline Solids (Chapter 3)
Week 3 Structure of Crystalline Solids (Chapter 3)
Structure of Crystalline Solids (Chapter 3)
Imperfections in Solids (Chapter 4)
Week 4 Imperfections in Solids (Chapter 4)
Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms (Chapter 7)
Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms (Chapter 7)
Week 5 Quiz 1 (Chapters 3, 4 and 6)
Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Week 6 Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Metals (Chapter 10)
Week 7 Metals (Chapter 10)
Metals (Chapter 11)
Advanced Microscopy
Week 8 Ceramics (Chapter 12)
Ceramics (Chapter 12)
Ceramics (Chapter 12)
Week 9 Quiz 2 (Chapters 7, 9 -- 11)
Ceramics (Chapter 12)
Polymers (Chapters 14 and 15)
Week 10 Polymers (Chapters 14 and 15)
Polymers (Chapters 14 and 15)
Engineering Applications of Polymers (Chapter 15)
Week 11 Composites (Chapter 16)
Composites (Chapter 16)
Composites (Chapter 16)
Week 12 Composites (Chapter 16)
Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Week 13 Quiz 3 (Chapters 12 -- 16)
Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Physical Properties (Chapters 18–21)
Exam Period Final Exam
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) No 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 13.2%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 66.81%
Information Seeking (Level 1) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 20%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.