ENSC1004 Engineering Materials

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Engineering Science; Automation and Robotics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
Fundamentals of Materials Engineering introduces students to the basic principles, structures and properties of engineering materials. The unit also covers: failure modes of materials; corrosion and degradation behaviour of materials; recycling of materials and sustainability in the context of recycle and reuse; and the impact of materials failure on society and the environment.
Students are able to (1) describe basic classes of engineering materials, their properties, structures and applications.; (2) explain the relationship between stress and strain in metals, ceramics and polymers; (3) determine both the elastic and plastic properties of a material from tensile stress-strain curves.; (4) recognise various failure modes of engineering materials and explain design principles that could be employed to prevent in-service failure. ; (5) identify common forms of industrial corrosion and degradation of materials and appropriate mitigation strategies; and (6) discuss recycling of materials and the impact of materials selection on society and the environment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) laboratories; and (3) examinations. 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)
Professor Hong Yang (Semester 1) and Dr Elena Pardo (Semester 2)
Unit rules
(Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Physics ATAR or PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.