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MEC3203 Materials Technology

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


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 offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023