Course Title: Materials Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dong Qiu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4487

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.12D (City Campus)

Course Coordinator Availability: Fridays between 1 - 2pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2115 Mechanics & Materials 2. This course builds on knowledge and capabilities acquired in first and second year undergraduate classes on Solid Mechanics and Materials. 

Course Description

This course will elevate the analytical skills of the students in relation to the materials selection in contemporary engineering applications. A Design-led materials and process selection approach, called material indices method, will be introduced for maximizing the engineering (mechanical, thermal, optical, etc.) performance in a given application. The materials selection done in this way is based on rigorous mathematical criteria and supported by a dedicated software package, CES Edupack (Cambridge Engineering Selector) that is available in Bundoora East Campus. The material indices method also allows material substitutions while meeting multiple and/or conflicting constraints (for example, finding materials which are cheap but also light). Emphasis is put onto structural applications, but examples involving physical properties, such as optical and thermal properties, will be addressed as well. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:
     ● Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
     ● In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
     ● Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse engineering materials in terms of their basic mechanical properties.
  2. Predict deformation behaviour and failure modes of common engineering materials.
  3. Describe the limitations and capabilities of relevant processing techniques of common engineering materials.
  4. Become proficient in using the Material Indices method relevant to a variety of engineering applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments, class discussions, group assignments and a final exam.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning material through myRMIT and may be provided with additional material in class. Lists of relevant reference books and electronic material at RMIT libraries will be available as well. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to many websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

 X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 Assessment Tasks

Laboratory report
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Weighting 35%(10% + 10% + 15%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Final exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4