Course Title: Select common engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Dr. Betty Richards
Ph: +61 3 9925 4172


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 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 necessary.
3.3 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 learning activities including: 
• Lectures
• Laboratory
• Team activities
• Self-guided learning


Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM3007A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this course is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElement / Performance Criteria

Overview of Scope of the course, assessment criteria , OH&S guidelines/regulations

1, 2, 3
2Classify common engineering materials by their characteristics- atomic bonding, introduction to the periodic table1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 
3Properties of Metals ferrous, Non ferrous- Physical1.1, 1.2
4Properties of Metals ferrous, Non ferrous- Mechanical1.1, 1.2
5Properties of Metals- Mechanical, Calculations           (Progressive submission of assignment)1.1, 1.2
6Properties of Polymers, Ceramics and Composites1.3
7Corrosion, Degradation Assessment   ( Assignment due for progressive submission-group submission)1.1, 1.2
8Extrusion, Powder metallurgy1.5
9Effects of mechanical and thermal processes on material-casting, forging, rolling technologies
Finishing technologies for common engineering materials
10Joining: Welding, soldering, brazing, fasteners, adhesives1.5

Heat treatment

12Verify selected material as fit for Purpose
Completion of Workshop Procedures / Safety Guide for Building 56/57 level 2 by all students prior to execution of laboratory activities                                      (Final submission Assignment 1)
3.1, 3.2,
13Verify selected materials as fit for Purpose3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Structural materials (e.g. steel, concrete, composites)
Identify consultants related to the selection of specific applications for materials (Laboratory Report due Week 14)

1.5, 2.1, 2.2
15Select materials for specific applications2.1, 2.2, 2.3
16Revision1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
17/18Final Examination1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and will be provided with additional materials during class when necessary. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided on a need basis. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts.


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

Assessment 1: Assignment, (Week 5,7,12)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment 2: Laboratory, (Weeks 10/12)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 3: Exam, (Week 17/18)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM30007A Elements & Performance Criteria

 MEM30007A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assignment   X XXXX  X  X
Laboratory          XXXX

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
   X     X    X    X
       X X   X X X X X X
Exam X X X  X  X X X  X    X 
All Assessments MEM30007A             1 1 2 0 1 0 2 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 2 2
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

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

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

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.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

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

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


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

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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