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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Adam Wittek
Unit rules
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
or 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.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.