Materials Science and Engineering 1

Course code MECH2250
Not available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Provides an integrated foundation for understanding the engineering properties of materials and how these properties result from basic chemical bonding and structure.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Select materials for engineering devices

2. Understand the possibilities and limitations of materials in engineering situations

3. Provide a foundation for training in the specialisation of Materials Science/Engineering

4. Understand the science from which engineering materials are based.


The course is concerned with the engineering properties of materials and the supporting science.

The following topics are covered:

  • Atomic structure and bonding; states of matter, gases (ideal/real, mixtures, hydrocarbon combustion, green house gases, ozone destruction); liquids (aqueous solutions, solubility, acids/bases), solids (crystal structures, phase diagrams, diffusion, mechanical, electrical and corrosion properties).
  • Engineering materials (metals/alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites).
  • Electroplating and batteries. Coal, petroleum, petrol, soaps and lubricants.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC level knowledge of Physics or Chemistry is assumed.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and UoN Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Two tutorials (one hour each) per week for the full term.