Available in 2017

Course handbook


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

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • 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

Quiz: Examination 1

Quiz: Examination 2

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.