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SEJ103 - Materials Engineering Project


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mahmud Ashraf

VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 or equivalent


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:

SEE103 and SEM111

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week, 1 x 2 hour studio (structured) per week, 1 x 2 hour studio (facilitated/unstructured) per week. Campus students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour studio per week (structured, information provided and online seminars provided), 1 x 2 hour practical (relevant recording will be provided in weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5), 1 x 2 hour online studio per week (unstructured, project oriented sessions will be held in week 2-7 and 9-10). Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus during the trimester intensive week (typically week 8).


This unit introduces students to various types of materials that are typically used in wide ranging engineering applications. Initially, emphasis will be given on gaining appropriate knowledge of mechanical properties of various material types through combinations of theoretical, practical and case study analysis. Students will learn the significance of mechanical properties that are important in engineering design. Students will also gain knowledge on loading, stress calculation techniques and relevant engineering design principles to tackle those stresses by combining available material and typical structural shapes. Students shall be individually assessed on their performance through quiz, reports and oral presentations, and their team participation performance shall be assessed regularly during studio sessions, through group submission and peer review during the intensive week.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply discipline specific knowledge to analyse and determine basic mechanical properties for various types of engineering materials

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate a clear understanding of the physical significance of mechanical properties for appropriate use in engineering applications.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work effectively in a group and utilise effective communication skills in order to complete assigned tasks through critical analysis and research

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Apply basic design principles for obtaining a suitable combination of materials and structural shape to satisfy a given set of design specifications.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Communicate project outcomes through the use of oral and written communication as well as media-rich technologies.

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Initial design report (group) 10-page technical report 20% Week 6
Quiz 2-hour (on-campus) quiz  20%

Week 8

(intensive week)

Experimental results vs theoretical predictions report 10-page written report 25% Week 10
Final Design report and Presentation:

10-page technical design report

3-minute video presentation
35% (design report 25%, presentation 10%) Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% of the on-campus quiz; and a mark of at least 40% in the final assessment task: Final Design Report and Presentation

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Hibbeler, 2017, Mechanics of Materials in Si Units, 10th edition (or 8th edn or higher), Pearson Education.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEJ103 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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