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TRC3800 - Introduction to engineering and functional materials

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: J-F Nie


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


This is a core third level unit which provides an introduction to the basic physical and mechanical properties of common materials (metals, composites and ceramics). It presents students with the basic knowledge on functional materials and devices. Material selection, materials performance and failure mechanisms will be discussed in application to selected modern devices in mechatronics and aerospace engineering. In addition, some discussion will focus on device fabrication.


Students are expected to gain an understanding of materials classification and their atomic and molecular structure. They should be able to describe the features of a material which control a given property and appreciate the material properties and their relation to structure as a function of forming methods and heat treatment processes. Students will be expected to formulate design criteria based on material properties and to demonstrate an appreciation of material compatibility requirements in the fabrication of devices from different classes of materials.


Two written assignments: 20%
Laboratory work: 15%
Final examination (3 hours): 65%

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial/practice classes, 1 hour laboratory class, seven hours of private study per week and 9 hours laboratory classes per semester


ENG1050, MSC2022, MTE2544