Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Case studies highlighting different aspects of materials science and how it relates to engineering will be used throughout the course to give a fundamental knowledge of materials science in context. By completing this course students will be able to identify engineering materials and their applications. They will be able to investigate engineering design problems and evaluate the range of materials that could be used as part of the solution. A knowledge of manufacturing processes and how these processes can limit or increase the usefulness of selected materials will also be developed.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MECH2250. Students who have successfully completed MECH2250 are not eligible to enrol in MECH1750.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe the possible material choices for specific design applications and discuss their limitations.

2. Describe the link between internal structure, processing and properties of materials for engineering applications.

3. Apply the materials selection process to novel engineering problems.

4. Explain how manufacturing processes affect materials selection for engineering components.


The course is concerned with the engineering properties of materials, how those properties affect design and the supporting science.The following topics are covered:

  • Properties of materials (mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and chemical properties).
  • Engineering materials (metals and alloys, ceramic materials, polymers and composites).
  • Manufacturing processes (for metals and composite materials, and how this affect design choices)
  • Context specific case studies (Structural, robotics, biomechanical and aerospace)


Students who have previously successfully completed MECH2250 Materials Science and Engineering 1 cannot take this course.

Assumed knowledge

HSC level knowledge of Physics or Chemistry is recommended but not required or assumed.

Assessment items

Quiz: Weekly Quizzes

Presentation: Weekly Tutorial Presentations

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact hours



Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 hours x pre-recorded online lectures per week. 2 hours x live and online recap and Q&A per week.


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

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