Engineering Materials - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Practicals (20%) , Assignment (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the relationships between the structure of a material and its properties, processing and usage. The unit covers structure and properties of materials, and examines the atomic structure, bonding, micro and macro structures and crystals. It explores the mechanical, electrical and physical properties of materials and investigates the types, properties and strengthening mechanisms of metals and alloys. Additionally, types and characteristics of polymers, ceramics and composites are studied. Corrosion, advanced materials, biomaterials and mineral processing are examined.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the atomic structure of elements and the nature of bonding and its relationship to properties
  2. describe the characteristics of the major groups of engineering materials: metals/alloys; polymers; ceramics and composites; and explain their behaviour under stress
  3. give an account of the strengthening mechanisms in both metals and non-metals
  4. identify common failure types and evaluate methods of failure prevention
  5. demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of corrosion and their methods of prevention
  6. describe basic crystal structures and mechanisms of diffusion
  7. describe the mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
  • Assessment — Practicals (20%)
  • Assignment (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction, classes of materials and chemical bonding
2Crystal structure and diffussion
3Mechanical properties
6Metals and alloys
10Advanced materials and biomaterials

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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