Material Properties

DE4303

This online course will develop your understanding of the characteristics and properties of common engineering materials relevant to mechanical and process engineering.

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    Level
    4
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    Credits
    15
  •  
    Cost
    $780 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.125
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1 & 2 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 10 hours per week
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    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying

The course will cover the following:

  • Characteristics and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, iron-carbon diagram, steels, cast iron, ferrous alloys, cold and hot working
  • Other materials such as ceramics, plastics, composites, timber and concrete
  • Material testing, physical properties, tensile, compressive, fatigue, and NDT testing to relevant standards
  • Heat treatment processes and effects
  • Surface hardening processes
  • Surface coatings
  • Fibre reinforced composites, types of materials, types of reinforcements
  • Selection of materials for engineering applications

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic materials science chemistry
  • Describe and test properties of materials used in mechanical engineering
  • Describe and specify methods to change engineering material properties
  • Demonstrate an understanding of selection criteria for engineering materials
  • Explain the likely causes of material failure

Assessment

  • Internal assessment 50%
  • Examination 50%

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

Assessment for this course includes an examination

Open Polytechnic will, subject to you meeting the entry requirements for this course/programme, enrol you in this course.

Your enrolment in the course means that you should expect to complete an in-person examination.

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Labs requirements

Lab work requirements for this course will be undertaken in a virtual Lab.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency
Diploma

Course availability over the next 12 months

Dec
2023
Jan
Feb

Trimester 1 enrolment dates

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14 Feb 2023
27 Feb 2023
18 Jun 2023
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Trimester 2 enrolment dates

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3 Jul 2023
22 Oct 2023
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Sep
Oct
Nov
  •  
    Level
    4
  •  
    Credits
    15
  •  
    Cost
    $780 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.125
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1 & 2 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 10 hours per week
  •  
    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying