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CM2012: INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16


Course Overview

This course provides grounding in basic materials science. There will be six areas covered: Introduction to materials, construction materials, electronic materials, optical materials, liquid crystals, and medical materials. Each of these areas will be introduced and facilitated by one of the course team. The impact of materials science on everyday life will be considered and explored throughout the course. Course assessments will be on topics of interest under these broad headings, often covering topical concerns, examples being materials for energy, such as solar cells, and medical implant materials, such as hip implants.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Abbie McLaughlin

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of CM1020 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (Passed) or CM1021 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (Passed) or CM1023 Chemistry for Physical Sciences I (Distance) (Passed) or CM1510 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Passed) or CM1511 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Passed) or CM1512 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (Passed) or CM1513 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (Passed) or CM1523 Chemistry for Physical Sciences II (Distance) (Passed) or GL1004 The Nature of the Environment Through Geological Time (Passed) or GL1005 The Nature of the Environment Through Geological Time (Passed) or GL1503 The Materials Forming Our Dynamic Earth (Passed) or GL1505 Earth's Materials (Passed) or KL108W The Physical Universe A (Passed) or KL157I Astronomy and Meteorology (Passed) or KL157P Astronomy and Meteorology (Passed) or KL158Z The Physical Universe B (Passed) or PX1013 Physics for Biological and Environmental Scientists (Passed) or PX1014 The Physical Universe - 1 (Passed) or PX1015 The Physical Universe A (Passed) or PX1016 Understanding the Physical World (Passed) or PX1017 The Physical Universe a (Distance) (Passed) or PX1511 The Physical Universe - 2 (Passed) or PX1512 Meteorology and Astronomy (Passed) or PX1513 The Physical Universe B (Passed) or PX1514 Astronomy and Meteorology (Passed) or PX1515 The Physical Universe B (Distance) (Passed) or PX1516 Astronomy and Meteorology (Distance) (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PC2001 Introduction to Materials (Studied)
  • PC2002 Introductions to Materials (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides a grounding in basic materials science. There will be six areas covered, with an emphasis on directed learning. These areas will be, for example: Introduction to materials, Construction materials, Electronic materials, Optical Materials, Functional Polymers/Liquid Crystals, Medical Materials. The impact of materials science on everyday life will be considered and explored throughout the course, using these general headings to investigate both the fundamentals of materials and their development into useful and functional products. Each of these areas will cover a two week period and be introduced and facilitated by one of the course team. In course assessments will be on topics of interest under these broad headings, often covering topical concerns, examples being materials for energy and body implant materials. Thus wider issues, including ethics & politics, are drawn into the discussion.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

28 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Five different in-course assessments such as blog, essay, presentation, poster, debate, newsletter etc. (100%). Continuous assessment. Resit: Opportunity to resubmit any missed assessments.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be given on the first assignment and during facilitation of the other in-course assessments.

Feedback

Feedback will be given as soon as possible following the assessment and always prior to the submission of the next assessment. Informal discussion with students in classes will also provide continual feedback, when required.

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