SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1H124326
Module Leader Patricia Munoz de Escalona
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard Entrance Qualifications

Summary of Content

This module provides the student with the fundamental principles underlying the mechanical and electrical properties of materials.


The Teaching syllabus will cover:- Atomic Structure and Bonding: The internal structure of the atom will be examined and will include the electron orbital model of atomic structure. This will be extended to explain the different types of bonding, which occurs within materials. Crystal Structure: The main types of crystal lattices will be examined and the defects, which may occur, described. Properties of Materials: The main properties of materials will be described as will the methods used to quantify them. These will encompass, (but not excluding other suitable properties): tensile strength; toughness; hardness; ductility; electrical and thermal conductivity. The properties of some common Metals, Ceramics and Polymers (and Composites) will be examined as applied to the electrical power industry.

Learning Outcomes

"On successful completion of this module students should be able to:" 1). Describe the internal structure of atoms and molecules.2). Describe the different types of crystals and the defects evident within them, and explain how these defects affect the mechanical and electrical properties of material.3). Discuss how the bonding within materials affects the properties of the material.4). Carry out the standard tests to determine the mechanical properties of materials.5). Describe the Electrical and Thermal properties of some common Metals, Ceramics and Polymers (including Composites)6).Use the knowledge gained in the module to outline the PDS (Product Design Specification) for a product with particular design requirements and show valid outputs and solutions7). Demonstrate transferable skills.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Electronic based material will be used to introduce the fundamental concepts, this will be supplemented by directed/focussed web based material and demonstrations. Laboratory exercises will be used to demonstrate the more practical aspects of the course, some material will be taught exclusively by this mode. Problem based scenarios will be issued to the class to provide a forum for developing the students' knowledge of the theoretical material, in particular as applied to the electrical power industry. Support provided by virtual learning environment.

Indicative Reading

Material Science and Engineering: An Introduction, W D Callister, Jr and D G Rethwisch, Wiley, 8th ed. (ISBN 978-0-470-41997-7)

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving; write an experimental report; group work analysis and design .

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
Assessment (FT) 2.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Class Test
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Class Test