Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Nikhil Medhekar



  • Full year 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester to First semester 2016 (Day)


Students are required to complete a research project involving some original work on a topic chosen in consultation with the unit coordinator and their academic supervisor.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the in-depth knowledge of materials science fundamentals to choose, formulate, perform and interpret the results of a definite piece of work;

  1. Summarise (via writing and presentation) the deeper understanding and significance of the topic to peers, experts and the community at large;

  1. Judge and assess the OHSE and risk related consequences of chosen course of action;

  1. Relate and describe the connections between materials science and fundamental sciences of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology as well as engineering;

  1. Demonstrate a wider appreciation of the professional and ethical requirements of materials science.


Literature survey: 10%
Thesis, seminar and oral examination: 90%

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