ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biomedical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mechanical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers manufacturing methods including casting, metal working, machining and finishing for a range of materials such as metals, polymers, composites and advanced ceramics. Various relationships between material structure, manufacturing processes and material properties are highlighted. Some of the key materials aspects of manufacturing are also covered, such as phase diagrams and solidification, deformation and recrystallisation, and phase transformations and thermal processing.
Students are able to (1) describe the manufacturing processes and behaviours of materials as used in engineering practice; (2) explain how the features and limitations of various manufacturing methods and materials are the key to success in engineering design work; (3) develop manual skills by designing parts of an object and then making them in a practical manufacturing class; (4) analyse engineering drawings which are used to communicate design ideas; (5) explain the reason for the difference in properties of different materials; (6) explain the use and importance of phase diagrams; (7) analyse a material and determine the likely heat treatment that has been performed; (8) analyse a component and determine the likely methods used in its manufacture; (9) research and select an appropriate manufacturing method for a given geometry; (10) understand some of the challenges of working in teams; (11) write concise reports; (12) locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments; and (13) develop and practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) at home assessments; (2) manufacturing labs; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Tim Sercombe
Unit rules
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 sessions during semester
This unit is available in both semesters in 2018. However, it will be offered in semester 1 only from 2019 onwards.
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