Course Title: Evaluate materials for specific applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5572

Course Title: Evaluate materials for specific applications

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

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

EDX010 - Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office.

Course Description

This unit covers the testing of materials to evaluate the engineering properties of materials.
It includes the recognition of common materials used in engineering, the classification of materials, the principle properties of materials and the factors that influence these properties.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX040 Evaluate materials for specific applications

Element:

Apply appropriate principles to correctly classify materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Materials are classified on the basis of state.
1.2 Distinction is made between elements, compounds and mixtures.
1.3The important properties of common engineering materials are identified.
1.4 The effects of different types of bonding are identified.

Element:

Conduct a range of mechanical and non-destructive tests on engineering materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Test equipment is operated in accordance with standard
testing procedures to carry out a range of destructive tests on engineering materials.
2.2 A range of basic non-destructive tests is carried out on engineering materials in accordance with standard testing procedures.
2.3 Corrosion tests are carried out on engineering materials in accordance with standard testing procedures.
2.4 The data required to be collected during each test is ascertained.
2.5 Measurements are taken as required and documented.
2.6 Data is collected as required and documented.
2.7 Observations are recorded.
2.8 Calculations and analysis of the data are carried out and documented.
2.9 Results and conclusions based on the analysis are documented.
2.10 Results are compared with expected results.
2.11 Likely sources of error are identified.

Element:

Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of mechanical and thermal processes on the properties of materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The effects of mechanical and thermal processes on material properties are identified.
3.2 The effects on material properties of the principal methods of joining materials are identified.
3.3 The effect on material properties of processes used for the finishing of metallic and non-metallic materials is identified.

Element:

Evaluate the suitability of materials for specific applications

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The materials used in the construction or fabrication of basic commercial or industrial components or assemblies are identified and the reasons for their choice given.

Element:

Identify the principle properties of common engineering materials

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The chemical, physical and mechanical properties of various engineering materials are identified.
5.2 The principles of corrosion and corrosion protection of metallic structures and systems is explained.

Element:

Prepare technical reports of materials tests

Performance Criteria:

6.1 A technical report is written for each test in accordance with standard practices for laboratory report writing.


Learning Outcomes


Apply appropriate principles to correctly classify materials

Conduct a range of mechanical and non-destructive tests on engineering materials
Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of mechanical and thermal processes on the properties of materials
Evaluate the suitability of materials for specific applications

Identify the principle properties of common engineering materials

Prepare technical reports of materials tests


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed:
Teacher–led face to face lectures for each element in
designated areas of underpinning knowledge, including
workplace scenarios and the use of overheads, videos and
notes covering:
• Material classification,
• Chemical, physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials
• Testing equipment and non-destructive testing of engineering materials
• Specification of materials for various applications.
Simulated Workplace Activities
Participate in supervised workshop/lab practice in real
and/or simulated workshop/lab environment involving:
• Non-destructive testing of materials
• Thermal testing of materials
Student Managed Activities
Students will engage in preparing a written report(s) on the
testing of materials completed in the workshop/lab.


Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub for details.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


References

Engineering Materials Technology by W.Bolton 3rd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann 1998.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This unit will be assessed in the classroom environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities :

• A project plus individual/group activities submitted progressively throughout the semester
• Laboratory activity and report of findings
• Final examination


Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of:
• A 2 hour final examination covering elements 1, 2 and 5.
• Submission of project report covering element 6
• Submission of written materials testing reports covering elements 3 and 4.
The format of the test will include case studies and scenarios
based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based
assessment to industry standards.


Assessment Matrix

Element Covered Assessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
1,2,5 Final exam 40 % Week 17
6 Project report
40 %

Week 7

3, 4 Materials testing report
20 % Week 15

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