Faculty of Engineering

Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)W Cook


The unit examines the relationship between a material's structure and its properties. Students will apply mathematical techniques to solve problems in various fields. Examples of mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of materials are examined by the application of matrix operations. Heat transfer and diffusion in materials processing are used as exemplars of partial differential equations and boundary value problems; the error function is introduced. Finite difference methods are explored in relation to heat transfer and diffusion problems, basic curve fitting is introduced as a way of modelling a material's response to deformation. Problems are analysed using Excel and Matlab.


To develop:

  1. An understanding of structure-property relationships in materials engineering

  1. The ability to apply matrix operations to analyse material properties governed by material orientation

  1. The ability to apply partial differential equations and their solution to practical heat transfer and diffusion problems in materials systems

  1. A basic understanding of numerical methods

  1. Skills in the use of Excel and Matlab software.


Assignments: 40%
Laboratory class: 10%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor George Simon

Contact hours

Two 1 hour lectures, one 2 hour tutorial/problem solving class, and 7.5 hours of private study per week and two 3 hour laboratory classes per semester


ENG1091, ENG1060 and ENG1050 or MTE2541




MAT2921, MAT2922, MTE2543