Core Module Information
Module title: Ceramic and Composite Materials

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

Module code: MEC11109
Module leader: Dongyang Sun
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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: Dongyang Sun
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 10 2,3 12 HOURS= 00.15, WORDS= 0
Report 30 2,3 10 HOURS= 00.00, 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

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