Engineering

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ECM1204 - Materials (2019)

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MODULE TITLEMaterials CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM1204 MODULE CONVENERProf Meiling Zhu (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 2 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The material components of a product determine how efficiently it works. If the manufacturers of a railway carriage wheel use the incorrect combination of material components, this can cause it to break and spell disaster for passengers.

You will learn how to relate basic theory to current technology such as state of the art materials and rapid manufacture techniques. Furthermore, the module will introduce you to the fundamental material solids that engineers use, such as metals, polymers, composites, glasses and ceramics. You will also have the chance to explore why materials behave the way they do, how they differ and what we can do to manipulate them to create products. Moreover, you will take part in lab work to make and test different kinds of materials, and study common manufacturing techniques by practically trying and testing them.

Prerequisite module: ECM1200 Core Engienering or equivalent

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module is designed to help you develop an awareness of principal engineering materials, their fabrication and technical/economic/environmental considerations. By the end of it, you will be able to explain how to manufacture any single component, the cheapest and best method of making it, what the properties of that material are, how they behave and how they arise. The knowledge you acquire in this module will stand you in good stead in future study.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1 understand the properties of materials relevant to their use in engineering applications and manufacturing methods
2 comprehend economic and sustainability issues in materials and their different manufacturing processes
3 identify and choose the most appropriate manufacturing techniques for specific components

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4 use laboratory equipment, correctly and safely, to make measurements
5 record and interpret the results of observed practical experiments and demonstrations
6 gain first-hand experience of facilities for materials property testing and manufacturing

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7 write clear accounts (of laboratory experiments and demonstrations)
8 demonstrate an awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory
9 work as a group member to share and explore practical problems

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- materials: mechanical properties of materials and how they arise; 

- lifecycle issues: manufacture, use and disposal/reuse/recycling of materials;

- manufacturing: microstructure of materials, how microstructure is changed during manufacture and how this affects properties;

- economics and sustainability in materials and manufacturing;

- polymers;

- properties and processes;

- metals;

- properties and processes; 

- composites;

- properties and processes;

- ceramics, glass and new materials;

- properties and processes.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 28.00 Guided Independent Study 112.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 6 Laboratories
Guided independent study 112 Guided independent study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam - Closed book 70 2 hours 1,2,3 Students can request feedback after exam
Coursework – laboratory report 1 Mechanical 18 5 pages 4,5,6,7,8,9 Written
Coursework – laboratory report 2 Injection Moulding 12 5 pages 4,5,6,7,8,9 Written
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All Above Written Exam (100%) All  August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Callister, WD Materials Science and Engineering: an introduction 8th John Wiley & Sons 2007 978-0470505861 [Library]
Set Kalpakjian S Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials 5th Prentice Hall 2008 9780132272711 [Library]
Set Ashby & Jones Engineering materials 1 : an introduction to their properties, applications and design Electronic 2012 0750663812 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 4 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Solid mechanics; beam theory; fluid mechanics; incomprehensible flow.