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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Materials Engineering
Module Code EM115
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Owen Clarkin
Semester 2: Owen Clarkin
Autumn: Owen Clarkin
Module TeachersOwen Clarkin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Resit Assignment

This is an introductory module for 1st year engineering students to the area of engineering materials. The module aims to introduce the structure and application of engineering materials used in all areas of engineering including, mechanical, manufacturing, bioengineering and electronic.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the properties of engineering materials (metals and non-metals), how they are measured, and how they relate to material microstructure
2. Read a phase diagram, and determine structure from the composition and thermal history of an alloy
3. The learner will be familiar with the characteristics of metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, diodes, biomaterials, electrochemistry and basics of solid mechanics
4. Conduct material performance related experiments, collect and analyse data and write technical reports.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Weekly lectures on Materials Engineering
Tutorial24Tutorials in Materials Engineering
Laboratory42Lab work for Materials
Independent Study47Research and revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Materials Engineering
Introduces the structure and application of engineering materials and the properties and selection of materials for manufacturing products. The structure and properties of metals, ceramics, alloys and polymers are covered along with materials used in applications such as bioengineering, electronics, electrochemistry and solid mechanics. Selection is also based on ethical and recyclability functions.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioLaboratory experimentation and calculations correlating tensile properties to hardness and toughness40%n/a
Loop QuizA series of 4 quizzes60%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • James F. Shackelford: 0, Introduction to materials science for engineers, 0-13-127619-0
  • William D. Callister, Jr: 2003, Materials science and engineering, Wiley, New York, 0-471-22471-5
  • Vernon John: 0, Introduction to Engineering Materials, 0-333-94917-7
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
CAMB.Eng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
CECommon Entry into Engineering
ECEBEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng

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