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Unit of study_

MECH5305: Smart Materials

Develop an essential understanding of structure-property relationship of smart materials, as well as their applications in practical applications; develop student's capability to design functional structures using smart materials; and provide students an opportunity to learn the new knowledge through project approaches.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code MECH5305
Unit name Smart Materials
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

(AMME9301 OR AMME2301) AND (AMME9302 OR AMME2302 OR AMME1362)
Assumed knowledge

Fundamental knowledge in materials science and engineering: 1) atomic and crystal structures 2) metallurgy 3) structure-property relationship 4) mechanics of engineering materials 5) solid mechanics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Lin Ye,
Lecturer(s) Yuan Chen ,
Tutor(s) Lin Ye ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Presentations on group project work.
10% Multiple weeks 15 min for three slots for each group
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation Presentation on Case Studies
Presentations on case studies
10% Multiple weeks 10 min for each case study
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Assignment 1
Design, Analysis, Characterisation, Calculations, etc.
10% Week 06 6 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Assignment 2
A report on a specific smart material based on self-study
10% Week 06 6 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Small test Quiz 1
Assessment on knowledge in weeks 1-6
22.5% Week 07 1 hr
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1 LO4 LO3
Assignment group assignment Group Project Report
A group report for the group project work
10% Week 13 10 pages (core part), excl appendix
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test Quiz 2
Assessment on all case studies and project work of all groups
22.5% Week 13 1 hr
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Logbook
An individual NOTEBOOK on group project work (not one of stapled sheets)
5% Week 13 5 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Presentation/Seminar: Presentation on a research paper after intensive studies
  • Quiz: In-class assessment
  • Report: Final group project report
  • Assignment: Assignments
  • Presentation/Seminar (group): Presentations on project progresses and results

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.

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
Week 01 Introduction, Electrical Resistivity, Assignments 1 and 2 out (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Piezo-resisitivity (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Shape Memory Materials (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Piezoelectric Materials, Case Studies Out (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Magneto-Restrictive Materials, ER/MR Fluids, ER/MR Elastomers (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Optical Fibre Sensors, Assignments 1 and 2 Due (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Quiz 1, Case Study Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Case Study Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Case Study Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Project Work, Group Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Project Work, Group Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Project Work, Group Presentations (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Quiz 2, Group Report and Logbook due (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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

The in-class quizzes will be conducted during the lecture time.

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. design and construct simple functional structures using smart materials
  • LO2. describe and characterise mechanical behaviour of smart materials
  • LO3. characterise interaction between smart materials and simple structures in actuation and sensing
  • LO4. describe and characterise novel functions of smart materials using structure-property relationships
  • LO5. present and demonstrate the functions of smart structures.

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
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