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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ENGI3471: MATERIALS 3

Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to H100
Tied to H103


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in the Programme Regulations


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • Provide understanding of processing-structure-properties relationships;
  • Introduce students to commercially important manufacturing and processing techniques;
  • Provide an overview of the properties and applications of engineering materials;
  • Enhance awareness of the energy requirements, carbon dioxide foot print, end-of-life product treatment.


  • Polymers and Composites.
  • Metals and Alloys.
  • Material Design, Material Processing, Life-Cycle Analysis, Sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of the process-structure-property relationship in common engineering materials;
  • An understanding sustainability of material life cycle analysis;
  • To know a range of engineering materials and their typical applications;
  • An understanding of main processing methods associated with various engineering materials (e.g. metals, polymers, cermaics, composites).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To be able to identify the appropriate engineering materials for specific application;
  • Capability to identify the appropriate manufacturing process/technique for the production of the products.
Key Skills:
  • Logical reasoning and problem solving;
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an Engineer;
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The course Materials is taught by lectures leading to the acquisition of the appropriate subject specific skills and knowledge. Assessment is through written examination which enables each student to demonstrate subject knowledge and an ability to analyze and solve relevant problems.
  • Students are able to make use of staff Office Hours to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one to one basis. These are sign-up sessions available for up to one hour per week.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Office Hours as required weekly sign-up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Preparation and reading and self study 150
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100% No

Formative Assessment:

Problem Sheets for lecture courses.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University