JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

Try new Subject Search!

We've released the new Subject Search, designed to be simpler and faster than the application below.

EG2010 - Materials Science and Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject comprises an overview of materials science and engineering, classification, properties and applications of materials. The materials science part is more related with the structure and properties of materials while the materials engineering analyses the impact of these structural properties and processing techniques on the final materials performance. Understanding the interrelationship between processing, structure, properties and performance is the ultimate objective of this subject. Topics covered in this subject are: metals including alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures, mechanical properties, phase diagrams, electrical and optical properties.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe and summarise key properties of metal, ceramic, polymer and composite materials;
  • examine phase diagrams and crystal structure of different materials;
  • analyse material properties (mechanical, thermal, optical and electrical) and their implications on process selection and final application;
  • combine knowledge on materials science and engineering with experimental and analytical skills.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (15%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (25%) - Group.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Elsa Dos Santos Antunes.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.