MG5028 – Materials Science

Module code
Module title
Materials Science
To enable students to gain an understanding of the characteristics and properties of common engineering materials and elements of biology and chemistry relevant to mechanical and process engineering.
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Describe basic materials science chemistry
Describe and test properties of materials used in mechanical engineering
Describe and specify methods to change engineering material properties
Determine and apply selection criteria for engineering materials
Identify likely causes of material failure
Characteristics and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, iron-carbon diagram, steels, cast iron, ferrous alloys, cold & hot working.
Other materials such as ceramics, plastics, composites, timber and concrete
Material testing, physical properties, tensile, compressive, fatigue, and NDT testing to relevant standards.
Heat treatment processes and effects
Surface hardening processes
Surface coatings.
Fibre reinforced composites, types of materials, types of reinforcements.
Selection of materials for engineering applications
Case study approach to chemistry and biology covering processes relevant to industries such as HVAC, food production, fuel production, waste treatment, natural raw material processing (eg timber, meat, animal fibre, minerals etc)