Faculty of Engineering

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Materials Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)G P Simon


This unit allows students to investigate and deepen their understanding of an area of materials engineering through the medium of a one semester project. Ideally this would be a work-related materials problem chosen in conjunction with the unit coordinator, but students will also be supplied with a selection of topic areas from which to choose. In the course of this project students will develop the ability to identify, research and analyse materials issues in the broader engineering context.


To develop:

  1. A deeper understanding of the topic area selected by the student
  2. The ability to identify the materials engineering aspect of a problem
  3. The ability to report on an area of independent investigation
  4. An awareness of the skills needed to critically analyse a range of information sources
  5. An awareness of the literature, standards, handbooks, and databases available to assist with materials-related problems.


Project plan: 10%, Interim reports: 30%, Final report (5000 to 6000 words): 60%

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Workload requirements

150 hours of private study