• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

NOTE: This course is incompatible with PHYS1013. Do not enrol in this course if you are enrolling in PHYS1013.

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:

  1. 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 innocation and systems engineering in general

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (60) [LO null]
  2. Laboratory activity (40) [LO null]

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62 contact hours + 15 non-contact hours

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with PHYS1013.

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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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