Subject MCEN90014 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, 9 hours of tutorials, and 4 hours of laboratory work
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Kenong Xia


Subject Overview:


This subject introduces the concept of microstructure and explores its relationship with processing and properties in the context of basic types of engineering materials and their applications. Topics covered include: diffusion, phase equilibrium and diagrams, phase transformation, metallic alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, surface and other selected non-mechanical properties.


Diffusion, phase equilibrium and diagrams, phase transformation, metallic alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, surface and other selected non-mechanical properties.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Perform analysis of equilibrium phase diagrams and use transformation diagrams to deduce microstructures resulting from specific heat treatments
  2. Relate processing, microstructure and properties
  3. Describe various engineering materials and their application.
  • One three-hour end of semester written examination (80%)
  • 2 laboratory sessions (20%) during the semester with reports (totalling not more than 4000 words) due throughout the semester, requiring 25 - 30 hours of work in total

Hurdle requirement: Attendance at the labs and submission of written lab reports as required are compulsory.

The exam and laboratory sessions are all associated with ILOs 1-3.

Prescribed Texts:

Callister WD Jr, Materials Science and Engineering – an Introduction.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals.
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution.
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.


Students will have access to the following textbooks and lecture notes.

1. W. D. Callister, Jr., Materials Science and Engineering - an Introduction.

2. Lecture Notes on LMS.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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