Course Title: Select common engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: PROC5277C

Course Title: Select common engineering materials

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Dr. Frank(Yanan) Wang
+61 3 9925 4310 

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
2.3 Selection is confirmed according to standard operating


3 Verify selected material as fit for purpose

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate tests for the required properties are
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

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

This is an indicative teaching schedule. Refer to announcements for changes.

Session 1: Classification of the states of the materials, properties of the materials, stress, strain and strength.

Session 2: Properties of metals, materials testing: fatigue, tensile, impact, hardness, torsion, shear, compression.

Session 3: Tensile testing and heat treatment of steel lab practice.

Session 4: Effects of processes on properties: primary processes.

Session 5: Effects of processes on properties: secondary processes.

Session 6: Materials engineering applications.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

Class notes and tutorials @ student resource drive:
S:\Aerospace Students\2011\Semester Two 2011\PROC5277C Select Common Engineering Materials -Dr. Frank Wang

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written / oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided thoughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency.

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through the completion of three assessment tasks.
The three assessment tasks involve in-class quizzes, one research report and one laboratory report.

You will be marked using the following table:

CA      Competency Achieved
NYC   Not yet Competent
DNS   Did not Submit

Assessment Task One (In-class quizzes) submitted in Session 1, 2, and 5.
Assessment Task Two (Research report) submitted in Session 6.
Assessment Task Three (Lab Report) submitted in Session 5.

Assessment Matrix

AssessmentElementPerformance Criteria
Assessment Task One (In-class quizzes) 1,2,31.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
Assessment Task Two (Research report)1,21.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Assessment Task Three (Lab Report)33.1,3.2,3,3

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