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SEM329 - Materials Selection and Performance

Unit details

Year2015 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 Week 8.


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 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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