ENGR 1009 Engineering Materials (WSTC AssocD)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700147

Coordinator Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Description This unit will introduce fundamentals of engineering materials. The topics will include materials structure, properties, processing and applications, degradation of materials, sustainability and the selection of materials for various engineering applications.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects ENGR 1014 - Engineering and Design Concepts ENGR 1034 - Engineering and Design Concepts (UWSC) LGYB 0481 - Engineering and Design Concepts (UWSC Assoc Deg) ENGR 1008 - Engineering Materials ENGR 1010 - Engineering Materials (WSTC)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College in 7022 - Associate Degree in Engineering

Assumed Knowledge

HSC mathematics (not General Mathematics), physics and chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Describe and identify the atomic structure, bonding, crystal structure and defects of materials.
  2. Explain the various properties of materials (eg mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic.
  3. Identify and explain the mechanical failures, corrosion and degradation of materials and how to prevent them.
  4. Select an appropriate material for a given application.
  5. Apply sustainability principles in engineering practice.

Subject Content

1. Atomic structure and interatomic bonding
2. Crystalline structure and defects in solids
3. Mechanical and physical properties
4. Metals, ceramics and glasses, polymers, composites and advanced materials
5. Materials selection
6. Materials and sustainability


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practicals 6 hours 15 N Both (Individual & Group)
Online Quizzes x 10 10 x 0.5 hours = 5 hours 30 N Individual
Intra-session exam 1 hrs + 30 minutes for online submission 15 N Individual
End of session exam (in parts): Part 1: written – problem solving/short answer Part 2: Viva Voce Part 1: 2 hours + 30 minutes for online submission Part 2: 20 minutes per student 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Callister, WD & Rethwisch, DG 2012, Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 4

Nirimba Education Precinct


Subject Contact Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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