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MEC3203 Materials Technology

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Mainul Islam


Pre-requisite: MEC1201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or GCNS or GDNS or MEPR or MENS


The engineer uses a wide variety of materials from platinum to rocks in order to construct bridges, automobiles, jet engines, process plants, electronic components, etc. These materials have widely varying properties and consequently it is necessary for the engineer to have a sound working knowledge of the characteristic properties and behaviour during processing/fabrication and in service of the common types of engineering materials. This course extends the basic course MEC1201 Engineering Materials, to show how the basic principles of materials science are used in the development of contemporary engineering materials used in everyday engineering applications.

This course is an advanced level materials engineering course, and builds onto prior engineering materials knowledge. The course design is primarily based on a case study that seeks to consolidate and assess higher-level analytical and critical thinking, but also seeks to introduce professional practice and judgement in applying various materials application methods. The relevant "materials science" content will be inherently explored through the case study, but the main emphasis will be on applications and practice. The objective here in this course is about getting student engineers to "think" rather than just "learn". This approach is demonstrated through systematic exploration, evaluation, synthesis, and application in material selection and failure analysis methods.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. appraise the characteristics, properties, applications and behaviour (including strengthening mechanisms) during processing, fabrication and service of a wide range of engineering materials
  2. examine and evaluate the effects of stress, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and wear on materials
  3. examine and evaluate forms and effects of corrosion in metals and review the main methods of corrosion prevention
  4. examine and evaluate the effects of welding on the properties of a welded component and the methods used to ensure a sound weld
  5. systematically apply and justify the failure analysis of a material or a system of materials, including the use of relevant failure analysis methodologies
  6. systematically specify and justify suitable material(s) for a given application, including the use of relevant material selection methodologies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ferrous Metal; Non-Ferrous Metal; Polymers & Composites; Ceramics; Strengthening Mechanisms; Joining of Materials 10.00
2. Corrosion of Materials; Wear of Materials; Fatigue and Creep 10.00
3. Failure Analysis 40.00
4. Materials Selection 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Askeland, DR, Fulay, PP & Wright, WJ 2016, The science and engineering of materials, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT.
(SI Edition.)
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Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Literature review No 10 1
Assignments Written Case Study No 30 5,6
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023