Course Title: Materials Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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


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 development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

Upon successful completion of the course, you should 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

Learning activities can include pre-recorded lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments, class discussions, group assignments and an end of semester test.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning material through myRMIT. Lists of relevant reference books and electronic material at RMIT libraries will be available on Canvas. You will also use equipment and materials selection software packages in the laboratory for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to various resources to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

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