Module title: Plastics Materials

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

Module code: MEC11116
Module leader: Colin Hindle
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

2018/9, 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: Colin Hindle
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The objective is to provide the learner with both the knowledge and the understanding of plastics materials their structure, properties and applications through a combination of lectures, tutorials and hands-on laboratories.
LO's 2 & 6, for example, can only be achieved by hand-on practical work. Extensive use will be made of materials in 'real' applications through case studies, video, and if resources allow visits to industry or visits by guest speaker from industry.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The students will be introduced not only to the subject but also to the industry. They will be actively encouraged to join the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and attend the monthly technical meetings of its local affiliated society - the Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association (SPRA) who will provide additional outside speakers on relevant topical subjects.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Tutorial work will be entirely formative with laboratory reports, assignments and final examination being summative. Assessments will include practical laboratory work.

Research/ teaching linkages
The materials group has significant research activity and also extensive industrial contacts which will naturally feed into the teaching on this module. The module leader will also bring in case studies from the KTP programmes he has been engaged in.

Supporting equality and diversity
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. VLE management and learning materials will complement face- to -face learning.

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
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 137
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
Essay 20 2 & 6 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 20 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,3, & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Structure, properties and applications of commodity, engineering and high performance thermoplastics and thermosets. Polymer blends, materials selection.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: explain the structure and properties of plastics materials.
LO2: differentiate plastics and determine the basic mechanical properties of plastics materials.
LO3: discuss the effect of additives on the processing and service properties of polymers.
LO4: justify the selection of suitable plastics materials for specified applications.
LO5: appraise the latest developments, or social issues, related to plastics their use, reuse, recycling and
disposal.
LO6: use computer based materials databases to select and evaluate plastics materials for given applications.

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