SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1H124799
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • B (January 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 percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning 'Activity Type' is 67%. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: 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: tensile strength; toughness; hardness; ductility; electrical and thermal conductors.

Learning Outcomes

read "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 properties of materials.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 materials6. Demonstrate transferable skills.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Electronic based material will be used to introduce the fundamental concepts. Laboratory exercises will be used to demonstrate the more practical aspects of the course, some material will be taught exclusively by this mode. Work based scenarios will be issued to the class to provide a forum for developing the students knowledge of the theoretical material. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. Support provided by virtual learning environment. Work based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace.

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
Assessment (FT) 2.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
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