SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1H324879
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

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 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 and methods to quantify them. These will encompass: tensile strength; toughness; hardness; ductility; electrical and thermal conductors.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe the internal structure of atoms and molecules (AM1).2. Describe the different types of crystals and the defects evident within them, and explain how these defects affect the mechanical properties of materials (AM1, AM5).3. Discuss the atomic bonding within materials and its effect on the properties of the materials (AM1, AM5).4. Describe the mechanical properties of materials (AM1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Electronic based material will be used to introduce the fundamental concepts. Problem based scenarios will be issued to the class to provide a forum for developing the students' knowledge of the theoretical material. Support provided by virtual learning environment.

Indicative Reading

Smith W., and Javad H., 2009. Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering . 5th ed. McGraw-Hill Publications. William D. Callister Jr., and David G. Rethwisch., 2010. Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction .8th ed. John Wiley and Sons

Transferrable Skills

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00
Lectures (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Mid-Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% End-term test - Unseen written examination- 1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Industry case based assignment report of 1000 words