Module title: Polymer Engineering

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC09131
Module leader: Neil Shearer
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

MEC08100
Materials and Manufacture

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mike Barker
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods
Lectures, supported by notes, pointers to texts and video and CD material (some of which will be made available on-line through the Virtual Learning Environment) will introduce concepts and provide a framework of self-study. Tutorials will allow students to explore some of the lecture topics in more detail, gain experience of numerical problems and practise examination questions. (LO1, LO2, LO3)

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
A wide range of practical applications and detailed case studies, combined with company visits will connect classroom-based work with actual industrial practice and help to establish an appropriate industrial context for the module material. Self-assessment questions will provide individual feedback of progress and further promote self-study. (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Students will use processing and testing equipment to develop their understanding of design, manufacturing processes and properties of polymers and polymeric products. (LO1, LO4)
Use will be made of appropriate material from web sites and CD-ROMs supplied by major companies in the plastics processing industry and material obtained from the trade press. The use by staff and students of a major Materials Selection database (CES Edupak) and its associated educational resources, will form an integral part of the module delivery. (LO1, LO2, LO3)

Assessment (formative and summative);
The module will be assessed by one piece of coursework worth 40% of the module marks and a final written examination of 2 hours duration worth 60% of the module marks. The coursework will comprise two parts including (i) a set of examination-type questions and (ii) a report on laboratory-based experimental work. Students will also have ample time to practise answering typical examination questions during tutorial periods. (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 48
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Topics include: polymer materials; molecular structure and engineering; polymerisation; physical properties of polymers; design in polymers; chemical properties; stiffness properties; creep, stress relaxation and recovery; strength and toughness; hardness, friction and wear; electrical and optical properties; thermal properties; mixing, additives, extrusion and moulding processes. Students will gain “hands-on” experience of using polymer processing, characterisation and testing equipment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: evaluate the properties, performance and applications of polymeric materials.
LO2: examine the relationships between the molecular structure and properties of polymers and apply this
knowledge to choose the appropriate material for a specific product design.
LO3: apply selected theoretical and practical techniques to determine material properties and relate
to plastics product design.
LO4: execute a range of manufacturing, characterisation and testing methods associated with plastics
products.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - R J CRAWFORD (1998) PLASTICS ENGINEERING: BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMANN, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0750637641
Core - A BRENT STRONG (2005) PLASTICS: MATERIALS AND PROCESSING: PRENTICE-HALL, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0131145584
Recommended - POLYMER: BUTTERWORTHS - ISSN: 00323861
Recommended - POLYMER ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE: SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS - ISSN: 00323888
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