Module title: Ceramic and Composite Materials

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11109
Module leader: Neil Shearer
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Neil Shearer
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods
Lectures and discussions of current research in ceramic and composite materials will be used to provide background information and to develop scientific skills. Lectures, supported by notes and a timetable of self-learning provided via the university VLE this will introduce concepts and provide a framework of self-study which will be reinforced through weekly seminars (LO 1-5). Tutorials will allow students to explore some of the topics in more detail, gain experience of practice examination questions. Self-assessment questions and exercises will provide personal feedback of progress and further promote self-study.

Embedding of employability
Research within the School will be given in case study practical sessions. Employability skills are embedded: 1) Technical skills; students conduct laboratory experiments where safety, numeracy and critical evaluation of results are developed. 2) Communication [written & oral] skills are assessed in the module.

Assessment
The module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework [40%] (LO 2-3); 15 minute oral presentation (10%) and a 2000 word research report on a relevant topic of the students choice (30%) and a final written examination [60%] (LO-1- 5). The written exam is divided into two sections; a compulsory section and a choice of questions are available in section 2.

Research/teaching linkages
Staff undertakes current research as well as 'real' materials/component problems received in the Advanced Materials Centre. Relevant research findings are delivered within the module.

Supporting equality and diversity
All teaching material is provided via the university VLE to cater for the diverse student cohort & provide a framework for self-study. Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each week of the module to support students in any capacity.

Internationalisation
The global nature of the materials and manufacturing industry will be emphasised throughout this module.

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 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 10 2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 30 2,3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module allows the student to have a critical knowledge of engineering ceramics and composites. Engineering ceramics and glasses are in important classification of material and an understanding of these materials from their crystal structure and imperfections to their many astonishing applications including – thermal, electrical, mechanical and optical properties are explored. To evaluate the properties and gain knowledge of the various ceramic and glass structures and manufacturing processes must be characterised.
Composites in engineering are an amalgamation of metals, polymers or ceramics in various compositions or structures. This module will investigate the various manufacturing methods and properties of the different families of composites; metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, polymer matrix composites, natural and structural composites. Applications of composite materials are very important in the world today due to the nature of the composites being tailored for a specific job. Within both classes of materials the non-destructive testing, joining and failure mechanisms and will be considered.





Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: evaluate the structures and make-up of ceramics and composites and the importance of defects and interfacial behaviour where applicable.
LO2: appraise the properties and applications of ceramics and composite materials.
LO3: critically assess, evaluate and compare the processing of ceramics and composite materials.
LO4: formulate, critically assess and apply theoretical models for the properties of ceramics and composites.
LO5: critically appraise the techniques for joining composites and NDT of ceramics and composites.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Ceramic and Composite Materials