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Unit of study_

AMME9302: Materials 1

This unit is an introductory course in engineering materials. The unit aims to develop students' understanding of the structures, mechanical properties and manufacture of a range of engineering materials as well as how the mechanical properties relate to microstructure and forming and treatment methods. The unit has no prerequisite subject and is therefore intended for those with little or no previous background in engineering materials. However the unit does require students to take a significant degree of independent responsibility for developing their own background knowledge of materials and their properties. The electrical, magnetic, thermal and optical properties of materials are a critical need-to-know area where students are expected to do most of their learning by independent study.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME9302
Unit name Materials 1
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

AMME5302 OR CIVL5501
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Xiaozhou Liao,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam hurdle task Final exam
Open book written exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment hurdle task Lab report
Analysis of mechanical properties of materials based on experimental data
10% Multiple weeks No more than 5 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Mechanical Properties Assignment
Working through assignment questions
10% Week 04
Due date: 03 Sep 2021
~8 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Crystalline Structure and Defect Assignment
Working through assignment questions
5% Week 06
Due date: 17 Sep 2021
~5 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment Phase Diagram Assignment
Working through assignment questions
5% Week 08
Due date: 08 Oct 2021
~5 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Assignment Ceramics Assignment
Working through assignment questions
5% Week 10
Due date: 22 Oct 2021
~ 5 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Assignment Polymer and Composite Assignment
Working through assignment questions
5% Week 12
Due date: 05 Nov 2021
~5 A4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Assignment Materials Report
written report
10% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021
~1,500 words in the main text
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Lab report: This report will be on the mechanical properties laboratory session. Attendance at the laboratory event is compulsory. Non attendance will result in a fail in this Unit of Study. Labs for Online attendees are only available in Week 7.
  • Materials Report: A report on a material of students’ choice.
  • Assignments: written assessments of individual components of the UoS.
  • Final exam: Written assessment of the entire course.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The Assessment Procedures 2011 provide that any written work submitted after 23:59 pm on the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Mechanical Properties Laboratory (2 hr) LO2
5 Assignments (60 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab report (5 hr) LO1 LO2
Materials Report (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Introduction (1 hr) LO2
Mechanical properties (2 hr) LO2
Week 02 Mechanical Properties (3 hr) LO2
Week 03 Ductile and Brittle Fracture, Fatigue and Creep (2 hr) LO2
Structure of Crystalline Solids (1 hr) LO3
Week 04 Structure of Crystalline Solids (1 hr) LO3
Imperfections in Solids (2 hr) LO3
Week 05 Dislocations and Plastic Deformation (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Strategies for Metal Strengthening (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Phase Diagrams – Binary Phase Diagrams (1 hr) LO4
Week 06 Phase Diagrams – Binary Phase Diagrams (2 hr) LO4
Phase Diagrams – The Iron–Carbon System (1 hr) LO4
Week 07 Phase Transformations (1 hr) LO5
Microstructures & Mech. Properties of Fe-C Alloys (1 hr) LO5
Applications and Processing of Metal Alloys (1 hr) LO5
Week 08 Applications and Processing of Metal Alloys (1 hr) LO5
Ceramics – Structures (1 hr) LO5
Ceramics – Mechanical Properties (1 hr) LO5
Week 09 Ceramics – Types and Applications (1 hr) LO5
Ceramics – Fabrication and Processing (1 hr) LO5
Polymer Structures (1 hr) LO5
Week 10 Polymer Structures (1 hr) LO5
Characteristics & Processing of Polymers (1 hr) LO5
Composites – Classification (1 hr) LO5
Week 11 Composites – Mechanical Behaviour (1 hr) LO5
Composites – Production Methods (1 hr) LO5
Corrosion & Degradation (1 hr) LO6
Week 12 Corrosion & Degradation (1 hr) LO6
Structural Characterisation of Materials (1 hr) LO3
Materials selection for design (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Materials selection for design (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review of the UoS (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Weekly Topics aligned with lectures (24 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Tutorial attendance: Students are expected to complete pre-tutorial tasks. Tutorials begin in week 2. 
  • Laboratory attendance: Laboratories will be held from week 3 on Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm. Each afternoon will have three sessions (2 pm – 3 pm, 3 pm – 4 pm, and 4 pm – 5 pm). Your lab demonstrator will inform you the time slot for your lab session. Each student is required to attend only once during the semester for the Mechanical Property Laboratory. Attendance is compulsory. Non-attendance will result in a fail in this Unit of Study.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Callister, W. D. Jr, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction (10th Revised edition). Wiley, 2019. 9781119561750.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. communicate effectively materials science and engineering issues in oral and/or written presentations.
  • LO2. describe the main mechanical properties of materials, how to test for each, and how to analyse and calculate the results of a test
  • LO3. describe, in relatively simple terms, the crystal structure and associated crystal imperfections of materials, electron microscopic techniques for materials structural characterisation, describing theoretically, schematically and mathematically
  • LO4. understand the basics of binary phase diagrams and to be able to use them in describing and measuring the effects of heat treatment on microstructure. The significance of metastability is a key focus, particularly in relation to metallurgy
  • LO5. describe, in relatively simple terms, the manufacture of metals, ceramics, and polymers and the effect of the manufacturing process on properties, and the significance of this in terms of engineering design and applications
  • LO6. understand the basics of corrosion and degradation of materials and some corrosion prevention methods

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Based on student feedback, we remove group work, adjust the weights of assessment tasks. Based on suggestion from Materials academics, we add contents on Materials Selection for Design.

More information related to this unit will be provided in class.

Work, health and safety

Students have to wear a face mask during their in campus lab class. No open-toe shoe is allowed in the lab.


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