Course Title: Materials Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2020,
Viet2 2021

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Fugen Daver

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6008

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.13

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursdays 11am

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed MIET2115 Mechanics & Materials 2 before you commence this course. 
This course builds on knowledge and capabilities acquired in first and second year undergraduate classes on Solid Mechanics and Materials.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course will elevate the analytical skills of the students in relation to the materials selection in contemporary engineering applications. A Design-led materials and process selection approach, called material indices method, will be introduced for maximizing the engineering performance in a given application. The materials selection done in this way will be based on rigorous mathematical criteria and supported by a dedicated software package, Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES Edupack) that is available online and on Campus. The material indices method also allows material substitutions while meeting multiple and/or conflicting constraints (for example, finding materials which are cheap but also light). Emphasis is put onto structural applications, but examples involving physical properties will be addressed as well. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH068P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours)
BH086AMH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) (Honours)
BH086AMHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (International Bus)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
2 Engineering Application Ability
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse engineering materials in terms of their basic mechanical properties.
  2. Predict deformation behaviour and failure modes of common engineering materials.
  3. Understand how specific fundamentals of materials science and engineering can be important to the design process
  4. Become proficient in using the Material Indices method relevant to a variety of engineering applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: 2 x Assignments
Weighting: 40% (20% each)
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Project Report
Weighting: 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 3: 2 x Quizzes
Weighing: 20%; 2 x 1 hr test, 24 hr period (10% each)
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester take-home test - MCQ
Weighting 20%; 1 hr test, 24 hr period
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.