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MEC3203 Materials Technology

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Steven Goh
Moderator: Harry Ku

Requisites

Pre-requisite: MEC1201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or GCNS or GDNS or MEPR or MENS

Synopsis

The engineer uses a wide variety of materials from platinum to rocks to construct bridges, automobiles, jet engines, process plants, electronic components, etc. These materials have widely varying properties and consequently it is necessary for the engineer to have a sound working knowledge of the characteristic properties and behaviour during processing/fabrication and in service of the common types of engineering materials. This course extends the basic course "Engineering Materials", to show how the basic principles of materials science are used in the development of contemporary engineering materials used in everyday engineering applications. This knowledge is demonstrated through systematic exploration, evaluation, synthesis, and application in material selection and failure analysis processes of materials.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. appraise the characteristic properties, applications and behaviour (including strengthening mechanisms) during processing, fabrication and service of a wide range of engineering materials;
  2. evaluate the effects of stress, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and wear on materials;
  3. examine forms and effects of corrosion in metals and review the main methods of corrosion prevention;
  4. assess the effects of welding on the properties of a welded component and the methods used to ensure a sound weld;
  5. systematically apply and justify procedures used in the failure analysis of a Component;
  6. systematically specify and justify suitable material(s) for a given application, including the use of relevant material selection methodologies.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Ferrous Metal 10.00
2. Non-Ferrous Metal 10.00
3. Polymers & Composites 10.00
4. Ceramics 10.00
5. Strengthening Mechanisms 10.00
6. Corrosion of Materials 10.00
7. Wear of Materials 10.00
8. Failure Analysis, Fatigue and Creep 10.00
9. Joining of Materials 10.00
10. Materials Selection 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=MEC3203)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Askeland, DR, Fulay, PP & Wright,WJ 2011, The science and engineering of materials, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT.
    (SI Edition.)
  • A hand held battery operated calculator which does not have keys for the alphabet.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Callister, WD 2007, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 7th edn, John Wiley, NY.
  • ASM Handbooks Online (access via the USQ Library: Databases and Journals, permanent URL link http://resguide.usq.edu.au/index.php?type=ebooks&route=direct&ID=16): ASM Handbook, ASM Desk Editions - Engineered Materials Handbook, ASM Desk Editions - Metals Handbook, ASM Failure Analysis Center.
  • MEC3203 Materials Technology: Readings, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba (access via "Course Reading - DiReCT" on MEC3203 Studydesk).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 26.00
Directed Study 38.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 18 Apr 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 400 40 30 May 2013
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 400 40 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); a non-programmable electronic calculator (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing