Course Title: Select common engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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


Mr. George Zouev

Mechanical Engineering, Level 5, Bldg 57.


Phone: +61 3 9925 4935

Dr. Frank (Yanan) Wang

Mechanical Engineering, Level 5, Bldg 57.


Phone: +61 3 9925 4310 


Dr. Daniela Achim

Mechanical Engineering, Level 5, Bldg 57.


Phone: +61 3 9925 4523

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 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 mechanical and aerspace area.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: while your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change. Students are required to spend 10 hours as student directed learning for this course.

Session 1: Introduction and overview of the subject, principle properties of common engineering materials: ferrous, non ferrous, polymers.

Session 2: Stress Strain Hooke’s Law, mechanical properties.

Session 3: Tensile Hardness Fatigue Testing, Torsion Compression Testing, Impact testing.

Session 4-5: Tensile testing prac.

Session 6:  Composites, ceramic materials.

Session 7: Casting, Fordging Rolling Recrystallisation.

Session 8: Extrusion, powder metallurgy.

Session 9: Joining: welding, soldering, brazing, fasteners, adhesives.

Session 10: Heat treatment.

Session 11: Corrosion, degradation.

Session 12: Review and summary.

Session 13: Closed book test.

Session 14: Feedback of test.

Session 15: Final trial of closed book test if required.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

Class notes are available @ Blackboard, students’ resource drive.

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 competency in all the two assessments:

Assessment Task One:     Lab report           30%  
Assessment Task Two:     Final test             70%

Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment.

CHD    Competent with High Distinction
CDI      Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC   Not Yet Competent
DNS   Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix


AssessmentElementPerformance Criteria
Assessment Task One (Lab report 30%)1,2,31.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
Assessment Task Two (Closed book test 70%)1,2,31.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5


If students can not submit assignment or attend the assessments as scheduled, please consider to apply for Special Consideration which can be found in details in the Other Information below.

Other Information

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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Email Information:

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

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