Course Title: Select common engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: PROC5277C

Course Title: Select common engineering materials

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers recognising common materials used in engineering, assisting in the selection of a material for a specific application, and using test results to evaluate the properties of materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30007A Select common engineering materials


1 Identify common engineering materials by their principal properties

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The principal properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals are
1.2 The principal properties of thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers are identified.
1.3 The principal properties of ceramics and composite materials are identified.
1.4 The effects of different types of bonding in materials are identified.
1.5 The effects of mechanical and thermal processes on the principal properties of materials are identified.


2. Select materials for specific applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The engineering requirement for the specific application is
determined in consultation with others.
2.2 Material is selected based on the requirement and consideration of principal properties and further processing.
2.3 Selection is confirmed according to standard operating procedures.


3. Verify selected material as fit for purpose

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate tests for the required properties are identified.
3.2 Testing of materials is arranged with appropriate persons, if
3.3 Test results are analysed and material choices are confirmed or modified as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in individual and team problem solving activities related to typical engineering workplace problems. These activities involve class participation, prescribed exercises, homework, application of theory to engineering problems, completion of calculations to industry standard, tests and examination. You will participate in supervised workshop/lab practice in real and/or simulated workshop/lab environment. You will engage in preparing a written report(s) on the testing of materials completed in the workshop/lab.

Teaching Schedule

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Materials for Engineering by W.Bolton 2nd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann 2000


Other Resources

Engineering Materials Technology by W.Bolton 3rd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann 1998
Other additional references to be provided in class

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency.
You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. You will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check your progress.

Assessment details:
Assessment 1 – This is a written test (closed book) to cover content so far. This will focus on your understanding of material properties and classification. This will also focus on your ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. This test will have a weighting of 45% of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 2 – This is a materials report to cover content so far. This will focus primarily on your ability to select materials based on application. This will also assess your research and writing skills. This report will have a weighting of 35% of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 3 – This is a written materials testing report based on supervised workshop/lab practice in real and/or simulated workshop/lab environment. This written laboratory report will have a weighting of 20% of the final overall assessment mark.

Note: You will not be entitled to any supplementary work. All assessments need to be passed.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The underpinning knowledge and skills for this course are listed in the accreditation document and are available upon request from your instructor.

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