Materials Science and Engineering 1


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



  • Semester 1 - 2016

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)

Learning Outcomes

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



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.