Courses & Units

Material Science ZAE102

Cradle Coast


You will be introduced to principles of material science for manufacturing. You will examine the physical properties (‘mechanics’) and characteristics of a range of materials, such as metals, composites and polymers. You will also gain an understanding of the fabrication principles, approaches, toolsets, skills and standards that are required to work with specific materials. The learning approach for this unit will require you to analyse and interpret material specifications and data to inform design and fabrication decisions. You will learn key ways to model material performance to manage material lifecycles, particularly in the context of environmental sustainability, innovation, and the circular economy. Through a site visit, you will also have an opportunity to gain insight into the ways that material sciences are applied in industry contexts.


Unit name Material Science
Unit code ZAE102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 11/3/2020 9/4/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Define and explain properties and uses of material using applicable mathematics, engineering and science concepts

2. Interpret materials data and technical standards to inform fabrication decision-making and processes

3. Communicate material lifecycle and utilisation information to stakeholders

4. Observe, analyse and communicate best practice in the context of material science for manufacturing



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 030305

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1. Answer selected questions within weekly work to demonstrate fundamental understanding of material science (20%)

2. Select and justify a material selection within real-world scenario (40%)

3. Undertake an analysis of the range of materials which could be used in a real-world scenario (40%)

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