• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Materials Science, Mathematics, Photonics, Physics More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adrian Lowe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Introduction to materials science for structural, electrical, magnetic, and optical engineering applications. Atomic bonding, atomic basis of physical and chemical properties. The crystalline state; crystal structures and imperfections. The amorphous state; structure of metallic, inorganic and organic glasses. Multiphase materials, phase rule, binary phase diagrams of iron-carbon, aluminium-copper and ceramic examples. Kinetics of nucleation and crystal growth, atomic diffusion. Microstructures, TTT diagrams, heat treatment, hardening. Magnetism, hard and soft magnets, ceramic magnets. Electronic structure of solids; electronic conductivity, piezo- and pyro-electricity, solar cells. Materials in optical fibres, transparency, dispersion and IR absorption. Environmental degradation and corrosion of materials.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course, students will have been shown how a knowledge of materials can underpin practically any engineering activity.

  1. They will understand the relationship between structure, properties, processing and performance in an engineering context and develop these relationships for specific examples.
  2. Case studies from current media will be used to illustrate the contemporary importance of materials engineering to innovation and systems engineering in general.

Indicative Assessment

Design eggcersise (20%) Artifacts lab (15%) Problem sets (5%) Quizzes (30%) Final Exam (30%)

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58 contact hours maximum + 30 hours non-contact

Prescribed Texts

The definitive text for this unit is Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering by W.Callister. This text is currently in its 7th edition and comes with numerous online student resources.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes a knowledge of basic physics and some limited chemistry, but has no formal prerequisites.

Areas of Interest

  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Solar Energy




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4185 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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