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SEM329 - Materials Selection and Performance

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Mike Yongjung Tan


SEM212 and SEM223



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week. 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 the trimester intensive week.


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  1. Materials selection and its impacts on the environment: Material related eco-issues, materials embodied energy and carbon footprint, life-cycle assessment and the environment and eco-informed material choice.
  2.  Environmental effects on materials performance and selection: Corrosion and materials degradation, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue and corrosive wear, corrosion control techniques, failure analysis, prevention and control.
  3. Case studies and projects using materials performance index and materials selection tools.


Three assignments (20% each) 60%, design project (consisting of literature study, engineering design, and other required project work components) 40%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit 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 the trimester intensive week.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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