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SEM111 - Engineering Materials 1

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Nolene Byrne

Prerequisite:VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 or equivalent
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: Weeks 1 – 8: 3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.  Week 8 – 11: online elective module. Students must attend and participate in compulsory activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students must attend and participate in mandatory activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the particular scheduled day during Week 8.


This unit covers the main classes of materials, their basic structure and the way in which the structure determines their mechanical and functional properties.  Case-studies will be used to highlight the basis for selecting a material and how the structure can be manipulated to improve performance in specific applications. The unit will also introduce students to research processes through independent learning activities associated with engineering materials.


Design-based assignment 25%, literature research assignment 25%, examination 50%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination and compulsory attendance is required by all students to unit-specific activities at Waurn Ponds (Geelong). These unit-specific activities may be undertaken either at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester or during a single day of unit-specific activities scheduled during Week 8.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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