Course Title: Select common engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nicholas Georgiou
9925 4949

Annabelle Lopez
Te: 9925 4823

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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 identified.
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 procedure.


3. Verify selected material as fit for purpose

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Completion of Workshop Procedures / Safety Guide for Building 56/57 level 2 by all students prior to commencement of testing exercises.
3.2 Appropriate tests for the required properties are identified.
3.3 Testing of materials is arranged with appropriate persons, if necessary.
3.4 Test results are analysed and material choices are confirmed or modified as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentation, and interaction with
individuals and groups within the Engineering industry fields.

For Civil Engineering students the emphasis will be on Civil Engineering applications and technologies.

Similarly for students studying in other engineering disciplines such as Mechanical and Aerospace the emphases will respectively apply to Mechanical and Aerospace applications and technologies.

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule. Refer to Online Blackboard announcements for changes.
Laboratory sessions are subject to availability of resources in the school; refer to online blackboard announcements for details and any changes.

WeekTopics DeliveredElements / Performance Criteria

Overview of Scope of the course and assessment criteria and Discuss OH&S in context of Assessment 1 

1, 2.3
2Identify the properties of common engineering material- types of bonding1.3, 1.4 
3Common engineering materials by their principal properties- mechanical 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
4Common engineering materials by their principal properties-physical 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
5Common engineering materials by their principal properties-chemical1.3, 1.4
6Verify selected material as fit for Purpose- corrosion test 1.3, 1.4, 3.1
7Identify consultants related to the selection  of specific applications for materials 2.1
8Identify the properties of common engineering materials- non-ferrous metals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
9Identify the properties of common engineering materials –thermosetting, thermoplastic polymers, ceramics and composite materials1.3
10Revision1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
11Completion of Workshop Procedures / Safety Guide for Building 56/57 level 2 by all students prior to testing exercises 1,2.3
12Verify selected material as fit for Purpose- Hardness, tensile test1.5, 3.1, 3.2,3.3
13Verify selected material as fit for Purpose- Hardness , tensile test1.5, 3.1, 3.2,3.3
14Selection of materials based on their specific properties and intended purpose2.1, 2.2, 2.3
15Select materials for specific applications for its engineering , principle properties and operation procedures 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
16Revision of all topics1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2,3.3
17Final Examination1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2,3.3
18Finalising Results 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

2. Engineering Materials Technology by W.Bolton 3rd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann.
3. Engineering Materials 2 by W.Bolton 1st ed, Heinemann .
4. Introduction to Engineering Materials by Vernon John 4th ed, Palgrave Macmillan.
5. Materials for the Engineering Technician by RA Higgins 3rd ed, Butterworth-
6. Heinemann 2004.
7. Rmit LSU “Learning Lab” (Writing Skills);
8. Materials Science and Engineering Introduction William D. Callister, Jr. 6th edition

Other Resources

Other resources and references provided in class or on the RMIT Blackboard.

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


  1. Health and Safety Report, 5% (Week 3)
  2. Project Technical Report, 20% (Week 7)
  3. Laboratory testing and report (Hardness and impact testing,Tensile testing), 25% (Weeks 12 and 13)
  4. All Final Examination, 50% (Week 17)

Assessment Matrix

           PROC5277C Elements & Performance Criteria 
Health and Safety Report        XX 
Project Technical ReportXXX  XXx   
Laboratory Testing and Report      X XXX
Final ExaminationXXXXXXXXXXX

Other Information

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

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

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