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 specific materials, their 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 a given application, as well as conduct material tests and report on their results. Throughout this unit you will develop team-work, research and communication skills. Students enrolled in distance mode are required to attend a compulsory residential school.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 10%
4. Online Test 20%
5. Examination 40%

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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.4% 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: Unit evaluation & Self reflection
Feedback
Students commented on an unfair workload amongst their teammates for group assessments due to some teammates not fulfilling their tasks.
Recommendation
While group work is necessary to achieve the generic attributes of a graduate, there was more than one group assessment in this unit. Two group assessments related to the laboratory work will be restructured and changed to an individual task. The materials selection process assignment will remain as group work.
Action Taken
The tensile lab report was converted to an individual task. Based on the students' performance in the related questions in the final exam, the unit coordinator concludes that the content in this lab was well received in this way.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
A variety of assessment styles and various topics of materials were commended. These kept students interested in the unit.
Recommendation
As one of the first-year units, the unit coordinator will make a further endeavour to cover and discuss more case studies in various applications. This will assist the first-year students in choosing their specific engineering discipline from the second year.
Action Taken
This year, there was a guest lecture in the materials in Civil Engineering attracting many follow-up questions from the students which could be considered as a vibrant interest of students.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Distance students who watch the tutorial recordings commented on Zoom tutorial sessions covering only the questions asked.
Recommendation
Online tutorials are quite self-explanatory so that the questions in the online tutorials will still not be covered. However, there will be additional tutorial questions to be provided for tutorials classes, including Zoom tutorial sessions. All questions in those tutorial materials will be covered.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator clearly indicated at the beginning of the term that the Zoom tutorials were where anything can be discussed. This resulted in vibrant discussions in the unit, not bound to the tutorial materials themselves.
Source: Unit evaluation & Student feedback
Feedback
Students made good feedback on the weekly online tutorials due to its interactivity and accessibility.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will strive to further improve these online tutorials with enhanced contents for a better learning experience.
Action Taken
One additional module was added to the previous tutorial set and every single tutorial was revisited and modified for further improvement. The unit coordinator has a series of plans to improve its online tutorials in the long term. This will ensure tracking of students understanding of a specific topic, equal learning experience throughout the campuses and different delivery modes.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Lectures were commended on various case studies and practical examples related to the theories.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will strive to improve the current lectures and relate more practical examples with the theories taught.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation and private communication
Feedback
Several students commented on the tight schedule for the tri-weekly online tests.
Recommendation
The tri-weekly online tests will remain open until the end of the following week.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Many students liked the engagement with the unit coordinators and local lectures within the unit.
Recommendation
This aspect will be further improved for a better learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
While some students commended the online tutorials, some also pointed out that more guided instructions be given.
Recommendation
The unit coordinators will ensure to reform the content in the online tutorials for a clear delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student performance data
Feedback
Student failure rate is modestly high in 2018.
Recommendation
The high failure rate was mainly attributed to failure in the final exam. The unit coordinator will promote more discussions and provide more assistance for the problems related to the final exam in tutorials and lectures with step-by-step guidance.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain the properties and processing techniques of engineering materials to classify them
  2. Describe how the physical mechanisms that dictate material properties are affected by the internal-structure of materials
  3. Explain how processing methods can be used to optimise the structure of materials for the desired material properties
  4. Work both individually and collaboratively in a team to produce quality outputs
  5. Conduct material tests in accordance with international standards and prepare the corresponding reports
  6. Research and apply engineering standards, practices and material optimisation and constraints.

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Test
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Examination
4 - Online Test