ENEG11008 - Materials for Engineers

General Information

Unit Synopsis

ENEG11008: Materials for Engineers introduces you to the essential knowledge of materials science and the ways in which engineers understand, select and use materials and processes for engineering applications. In this unit, you will gain knowledge of engineering materials, microstructure and its effect on the material properties. You will learn how to identify and explain the properties of engineering materials and processes and how to classify these materials. You will also learn how to select engineering materials and processes for engineering applications, as well as to conduct material tests and report on their results. Throughout this unit, you will develop teamwork, research and communication skills. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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Term 1 - 2024 Profile
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Term 3 - 2024 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
4. Online Test 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.86% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.14% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student unit evaluation
It was pointed out that the unit coordinator sometimes mentioned there were good discussions at local / Zoom tutorial classes. This made other students feel disadvantaged.
Ensure that the same and consistent messages are delivered across cohorts.
Action Taken
All students, including on-campus students, were invited to attend Zoom tutorials or watch their recordings. Further, the unit coordinator noted important discussions that were repeated in the following lecture.
Source: Email and direct interaction
Students commented that the additional online materials for the lab preparation were very useful and easy to follow.
Improve the unit contents and introduce more modules to reinforce students' understanding and preparedness.
Action Taken
Extra modules were developed and delivered for the residential school. These extra ones seem to have been very helpful resources as evidenced by students' academic achievements.
Source: SUTE unit comments report and self-observation
Technical issues associated with ISL arose early weeks of the term.
The unit coordinator should arrange testing sessions with Teaching Technology Support before the term starts. Each local lecturer should be assigned as a co-host to address issues without disrupting the central delivery.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE unit comments report and self-observation
The delivery of its residential school component was inconsistent across campuses due to staffing and equipment.
Students should be provided with more flexible options. Residential school activities will be arranged based on local specialties.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE unit comments report
Students commented on calculation questions which were pushed to tutorial classes, instead of discussing them in detail during lectures.
The unit coordinator should provide one sample calculation question while ensuring local lecturers cover multiple examples for a firm understanding.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Define the atomic and microstructure of engineering materials and their relationship to physical behaviour
  2. Classify engineering materials into metals, ceramics, polymers and composites
  3. Characterise materials for mechanical properties based on Australian Standards and ASTM methods
  4. Explain the role of mechanical, electrical, optical and thermal properties of materials in engineering
  5. Apply the frameworks used to select materials for engineering applications.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 3N)
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 4N 5N)
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 5N)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 5N)
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 5N)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5N)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5N)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5N)
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4N)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 4I 5N)
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 3N 4N 5I)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 5I)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10