• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Nick Birbilis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021.

This subject develops a knowledge of the variety, properties and characteristics of engineering materials. Equilibrium phase diagrams and kinetic TTT diagrams for predicting microstructure in materials. Properties of alloys (steels, aluminium, magnesium, titanium, and other non-ferrous metals). Ceramic materials: ceramics and glasses; forming of ceramics; structure and defects in ceramics. Characterisation, structure and properties of polymers; polymer processing. Rubber elasticity. Fibre and metal reinforced advanced composite materials. Strengthening and toughening mechanisms for materials. Fracture mechanics. Characterisation methods (mechanical and microstructural). Biomaterials and nano-materials.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand elastic and plastic deformation concepts as they apply to the plastic forming of metal sheets and polymers.
  2. Understand the principles and importance of tribological and corrosion behaviour of metals and polymers.
  3. Appreciate how a knowledge of electrochemical, mechanical and physical properties can be used to design engineering structures and devices.
  4. Identify and compare the basic electrical and dielectric properties of engineering ceramics and metals.
  5. Describe and utilize the concepts of thermoelctrical behaviour, piezoelectric behaviour and electrochromic behaviour through the study of engineering nanomaterials.
  6. Identify and compare the processability and types of engineering polymers, ferrous alloys and non-ferrous alloys.
  7. Describe the basic principles and operating procedures relating to scanning electron microscopy,transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Reports (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Tutorial Submissions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  4. Final Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Approximately 120 hours over the semester of which approximately 30 are contact hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering. Incompatible with ENGN3601.

Prescribed Texts

William Smith, Javad Hashemi, Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th ed. by Mc-Graw Hill Education (2018)

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of basic materials science and mechanics


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2362 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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