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MSC3132 - Functional materials and devices

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: To be advised


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Electrical and optical properties of materials - dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, superconductors and optical fibres; magnetic properties - microscopic origin of magnetism, hard and soft magnets, domains, anisotropy, magnet fabrication and applications; nanodevices which rely on the preceding properties, experimental techniques.


To understand the science and technology governing the important properties and uses of the major electrical, optical and magnetic materials and the development of associated nanotechnological devices.


Examination (3 hours) 55%, Assignments 12%, Laboratory work 33%.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lecture/tutorial classes per week and an average of 2 hours laboratory work during the semester.


MSC2022 or PHS2011 or MTE2544


MTE3508, MSC3011, MTE3545