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MECH5311: Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials

2024 unit information

This UoS offers the fundamental knowledge that is essential for the microscopy and microanalysis of materials. The UoS will cover the basic fundamental concepts of materials structures and modern materials characterisation techniques that are available in Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis in the University, including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code MECH5311
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AMME1362 or AMME2302 or AMME9302 or CIVL1110 or CIVL2110 or equivalent study at another institution
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. communicate effectively the microstructures, crystalline structures and crystalline defects of materials in oral and/or written presentations
  • LO2. describe, in relatively simple terms, crystalline lattice structures in reciprocal space, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically
  • LO3. communicate effectively several common microstructural characterisation techniques in oral and/or written presentations
  • LO4. describe, in relatively simple terms, the interactions of fast electrons with matter, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically
  • LO5. identify crystalline phases using X-ray diffraction and determine crystalline lattice structures using electron diffraction
  • LO6. understand common materials preparation techniques for structural characterisation
  • LO7. understand the basic working mechanism of the scanning electron microscope and microstructural information that can be extracted from electron backscattered images and secondary electron images
  • LO8. understand the basic working mechanism of electron backscatter diffraction and its applications in structural characterisation of materials
  • LO9. understand the basic working mechanisms of the transmission electron microscope, including electron diffraction, imaging and spectrometry, and their applications in materials characterisation
  • LO10. understand the principle, limitations, and niche applications of atom probe tomography and secondary ion mass spectroscopy for microanalysis of materials

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Additional advice

This unit requires departmental permission to ensure appropriate foundational knowledge is met. If the prerequisite unit/s were completed at the University of Sydney or if you are enrolled in the Master of Engineering or Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated), your request does not require supporting documentation to be approved. If you have completed studies at another institution, you must include your transcript when submitting your permission request for review by the Faculty.