MECH305 – Mechanical Engineering Materials

Module code
Module title
Mechanical Engineering Materials
To enable students to develop a basic understanding of the manufacturing processes used for pure metals and alloys, and the properties of engineering materials.
  • TC1701
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of the physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of common manufacturing methods of engineering materials.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of common applications of different engineering materials.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of heat treatment processes and effects.
-Pure metals and alloys
-Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
-Elemental composition of engineering metals
-Physical and mechanical characteristics of metals
-Manufacturing methods for engineering metals
-Applications for engineering metals
-Heat treatment processes
-Process and use of plastic materials
-Classification and names of plastic materials
-Safe working practices when working with equipment
-Damage minimisation practices
-Working to specifications
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The primary method of delivering the learning material is Project-based Learning. The teaching and learning material may incorporate workshop activities, laboratory tasks, lectures, online research, training videos, tutor directed learning, student managed learning, individual and group work.

Assessments will be a mix of formal and informal, conducted in group and individual settings. Observational assessments will also be used where appropriate.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.

Over the course of a series of projects, it is anticipated that students will develop the skills and knowledge to meet or exceed the learning outcomes. These projects will provide the students with the opportunity to progressively develop their confidence and proficiency.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Relevant topics from the following resources:
-Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection by Kenneth G. Budinski, Michael K. Budinski
-Introduction to Engineering Materials: Behavior, Properties and Selection (Materials Engineering) by George Murray, Wolfgang Weise, Charles V. White
-Mechanical Behavior of Materials by Norman E. Dowling