ENEM13018 - Materials and Manufacturing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit offers extended information on material behaviours and manufacturing properties, principles of manufacturing processes and technologies. The unit aims to deepen the understanding of the material selection process and enables you to identify appropriate manufacturing processes for a particular product design and development. You will study a wide variety of manufacturing processes such as bulk deformation processes, material removal processes, finishing and joining processes, micro/nano scale manufacturing, and other modern manufacturing techniques and learn product design, quality management, and manufacturing in a competitive environment. You will apply information literacy skills to obtain relevant engineering information and identify appropriate standards and practices.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: (ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers or ENEG12005 Materials Science & Engineering) and MATH11218 Applied Mathematics or MATH11219 Engineering Mathematics. 

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 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Online Test 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.83% 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: Have your say source; UC and Lecturer
Major manufacturing processes would be good to learn in more depth.
On top of in-class learning, planned manufacturing industry visit, starting from Term 2, 2021, for students of all campuses will help students to learn a wider spectrum of machine manufacturing practices.
Action Taken
Manufacturing industry visits for all campuses were organised and conducted perfectly. 100% of on-campus students and some of the DST students attended though it was not mandatory for DST students.
Source: Have your say
Feedback was informative but could be improved
Keep providing comprehensive written feedback in the assignment document indicating the errors and mistakes, amendments and sources where this can be learned more.
Action Taken
Appropriate written feedback was provided for each error on each assignment document.
Source: Have your say source
More concise lecture and more videos on processes.
Provide industry-based short videos. 1 hr lecture, 1 hr tutorial, and 1 hr drop-in session.
Action Taken
One-hour lectures, one-hour interactive tutorials, and drop-in sessions were conducted.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Topics were practical and interesting to learn.
To keep the unit content and assessments widely industry-oriented for better career outcomes for graduates.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
The industry site visit was helpful to understand several manufacturing processes.
Continue industry site visits for all campuses and for all students. Visits are organised and coordinated by local academics. A written report on the visit constitutes Assignment 3 which is worth 20% of marks.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
More videos or demonstrations of manufacturing processes would be appropriate.
Recommended sourcing more demo videos for wider learning.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation and UC
Short lectures and tutorials.
Proposed to revert back to 2-hour lectures and 2-hour tutorials to provide students with more time to assimilate the subject matter.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Inadequate explanation of assessments
Revise assessments and ensure they clearly convey what is required.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Due time return of marked assessments
Recommended returning marked assessments by the due date, as well as greater feedback helping further learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Establish the relationships between the microstructures of materials and their mechanical and manufacturing properties
  2. Explain various bulk deformation and material removal processes as applicable to ductile and brittle materials and the machine tools that are used to carry out these operations
  3. Calculate the forces, torques and power requirements for various processing of different materials for bulk deformation
  4. Analyse the mechanics of metal cutting and the control of various process parameters to achieve optimum material removal and machining economics
  5. Apply the knowledge of engineering metrology, instrumentation and quality assurance of manufacturing of products
  6. Apply information literacy skills, obtain relevant engineering information and identify appropriate standards and practices
  7. Work, learn and communicate in an ethical, professional manner, both individually and in teams.

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: 2I 3I 4I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5N )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 2I 5I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 3I 4I 6I 7I )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 5I 6I 7I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 3I 4I 5I )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2A 3I 4I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4I 5N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 3A 4A 5N 6I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 2I 3A 4I 5N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 2A 3I 4I 6I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4I 5I 6A 7A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 2N 3A 4A 6N 7N )

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 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - 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 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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