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AMME9302: Materials 1 (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME9302: 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 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5302 OR CIVL5501.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit 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
Dr No, Young
Timetable: AMME9302 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: Lectures:

Practical Work:

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
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.
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.
7. To understand the basics of corrosion and degradation of materials and some corrosion prevention methods
8. 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, 8,
3 Seminar Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 8,
4 Seminar Report Yes 10.00 Week 9 8,
5 Final Exam No 49.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Quiz: 3 quizzes (45 minutes each) on Wednesday in weeks 5, 9, and 13

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 10%) + written report (worth 10%). Report is due at 5 pm on Friday week 9.
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: Lecture notes will be available in the course web site before lectures. Lectures will be video recorded and be posted in the web after 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: Stress and Strain (Chapter 6)
Mechanical Properties of Metals: Elastic and Plastic Deformation (Chapter 6)
Week 2 Structure of Crystalline Solids: Unit Cells and Crystal Parameters (Chapter 3)
Mechanical Properties of Metals: Toughness and Ductility (Chapter 6)
Failure: Ductile and Brittle Fracture and Fatigue (Chapter 8)
Week 3 Structure of Crystalline Solids: Indexing Crystals (Chapter 3)
Structure of Crystalline Solids: Metallic Crystals (Chapter 3)
Imperfections in Solids: Point and Linear Defects (Chapter 4)
Week 4 Dislocations and Mechanisms of Plastic Deformation (Chapter 7)
Imperfections in Solids: Planar and Volume Defects (Chapter 4)
Strategies for Materials Strengthening (Chapter 7)
Week 5 Phase Diagrams: Definitions and Basic Concepts (Chapter 9)
Quiz 1 (Chapters 3, 4 and 6)
Phase Diagrams: Binary Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Week 6 Phase Diagrams: The Iron–Carbon System (Chapter 9)
Phase Diagrams: Binary Phase Diagrams (Chapter 9)
Metals: Solidification and Phase Transformation (Chapter 10)
Week 7 Applications and Processing of Metals: Ferrous Metals (Chapter 11)
Applications and Processing of Metals: Nonferrous Metals (Chapter 11)
Metals: Fe-C Alloys (Chapter 10)
Week 8 Ceramics: Structures (Chapter 12)
Ceramics: Mechanical Properties (Chapter 12)
Ceramics: Types and Applications (Chapter 13)
Week 9 Polymers: Structures (Chapters 14 and 15)
Quiz 2 (Chapters 7, 9 -- 11)
Ceramics: Fabrication and Processing (Chapter 13)
Assessment Due: Seminar Report
Week 10 Polymers: Synthesis and Processing (Chapters 14 and 15)
Polymers: Mechanical Behaviours and Strengthening (Chapters 14 and 15)
Composites (Chapter 16)
Week 11 Composites (Chapter 16)
Composites (Chapter 16)
Microscopy techniques
Week 12 Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Microscopy techniques
Corrosion & Degradation (Chapter 17)
Week 13 Physical Properties (Chapters 18–21)
Quiz 3 (Chapters 12 -- 16)
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) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.