Core Module Information
Module title: Metallic Materials

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

Module code: MEC11115
Module leader: Neil Shearer
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

Metallic Structures: slip systems, imperfections, dislocation production and movement, diffusion.
Phase Diagrams and Transformations: eutectic, solid solution, partial, peritectic, intermediate compounds; structural transformations, hardenability; heat treatments.
Deformation: formability, superplasticity, hot and cold working processes; hardening and strengthening mechanisms.
Metal Processing: Extraction and physical metallurgy, involving various metals and alloys. bulk deformation processes included in this module.
Coatings and protection methods for metallic materials, such as electroless deposition.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically appraise the importance of crystal structures and their imperfections to metallic materials
LO2: interpret phase equilibrium diagrams and discuss the importance of cooling rate on phase changes
LO3: compare strengthening mechanisms for metallic materials.
LO4: compare the processing techniques for common metallic materials
LO5: relate the properties of metallic materials to specific applications

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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:
LOs1 to 5 will involve the use of traditional lecture and tutorial methods; LO2,3 & 5 will also involve the use of practical exercises and 'real-life' case studies.

Employability and PDP skills will be embedded into all face-to-face sessions and the classes on crystal structures, phase diagrams and failure mechanisms involve high levels of numeracy, problem solving and communication, all of which will enhance your employability on this module.

Materials research carried out by the teaching team at Edinburgh Napier on metallic; properties, metallography, coatings & application methods will complement the teaching material.

The module has traditionally been attended by students of different nationalities and this, allied to the multi national aspects of metallic materials used in applications as diverse as communication lines and structural edifices, will ensure that equality, diversity and international issues will be addressed at every opportunity.
Report writing guide will be included to help international students and those not familiar with report writing. The wide range of learning modes e.g. lecture, tutorial, seminar, hands-on laboratory, laboratory demonstrations will provide diversity.
Virtual Learning Environment and learning materials will complement face-to-face learning and should suit a wide range of learning styles & mature, part time students etc.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorials and practical sessions are the methods of formative assessment employed on
the module. Many of the face to face sessions will involve student involvement through
seminars. Risk assessments and health and safety considerations are required before
any practical session.

Summative Assessment:
LO 2,3 & 5 is assessed by a portfolio of laboratory reports (30%).
LO 4 is assessed by presentation. (20%)
All LO's assessed in the final examination (50%)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 30 2,3,5 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 20 4 12 HOURS= 00.15
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11115 - Metallic materials