Material Properties

Course code DE4303

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

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 4  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 11 Jun 2019
    Trimester 2, 15 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Course Content

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

Learning Outcomes

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

Method of Assessment

    • Internal assessment 50%
    • Examination 50%

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

Other Requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete  this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.  

Labs requirements

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