ENME207-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Materials Science and Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Fundamental relationships between structure, processing, physical properties and performance for metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite and electronic materials.

This introductory course is designed for mechanical engineering students. The fundamental relationships between structure, processing and physical properties will be examined for metallic, ceramic, polymeric, and composite materials.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of the course, the successful student:
    1) will be able to identify the major properties of the different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, and electronic materials);
    2) will be able to recognize the interdependence of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials, and will be able to describe the important parameters that govern the relationships between these four categories;
    3) will be able to integrate fundamental materials science with laboratory synthesis and processing, as well as analysis of experimental data.

    The lecture topics include:
  • atomic, crystalline and microscopic structure of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.
  • crystalline defects and diffusion
  • mechanical properties and strengthening mechanisms
  • metal forming
  • fracture mechanisms and failure analysis
  • thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations
  • solidification processing of metal and plastics
  • corrosion
  • materials selection

    The embedded laboratories complement the lectures with practical experience in observing and
    measuring the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and comparing to reference data
    and theoretical predictions.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Timetable Note

All course meetings are in MyTimetable. It is your responsibility to confirm these meetings.

Laboratories: There are four labs. You must attend your session at the time indicated in
MyTimetable. No swapping or switching is allowed without prior approval due to space and time
constraints. Laboratories will take place in the Materials Engineering area of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratories and the Microscopy Suite on the ground floor of the Civil/Mechanical
Building. Labs start promptly at the designated time.

Course Coordinator

Catherine Bishop


Milo Kral


Abbas Tamadon


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 30%
Weekly Homework 10% Online using WileyPlus. Registration details are on Learn.
Lab Worksheets 28% 4 x Lab Worksheets
Lab Quizzes 4% 4 x Lab quizzes
Quizzes 28% 6th August, 17th September, 1st October, 15th October

Due dates for homework and laboratories are provided along with the assignment.

Turnitin originality detection software will be used to screen work for plagiarism.
Late submissions of homework and lab reports are eligible for 80% credit only.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Callister WD, Rethwisch DG; Materials science and engineering: an introduction ; 10th Australian & New Zealand edition; John Wiley and Sons, 2020 (There is required reading corresponding to each lecture. You can buy the bound book, buy the binder-ready book, borrow copies from the library (6 books on 3-hour loan) or rent/buy an ebook).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.


Policies relating to all courses: You should familiarize yourself with the policies at
academic-advice/, especially those on special consideration (formerly aegrotats),
requests to sit quizzes or turn in assessment on alternate dates, academic integrity, and
award of grades.

The course outline can be found here: https://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/mod/resource/view.php?id=1090391

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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