Short Title:Materials Science
Full Title:Materials Science
Module Code:MATS H3003
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Chemistry
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:AINE ALLEN
Module Description:This module aims to provide the students with the resources to enable them to: Evaluate the properties of polymer, ceramic and composite materials on the basis of their microstructure; Appreciate the function of modern high-tech materials used in microelectronic, semiconductor, biomedical, sensor and data storage applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Make the link between the chemical properties and microstructure of materials and their macroscopic properties and functions
LO2 Use a scientific vocabulary to describe the properties of materials
LO3 Discuss appropriate techniques for investigating the properties of materials
LO4 Evaluate the limitations on performance and applications of materials set by their physical and chemical properties
LO5 Source data on international standards for testing of materials
LO6 Extract information from articles in scientific publications in the area of advanced materials

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment An assignment, over 8 weeks, involving literature survey of books, journals and web-based sources, to (I) compile the characteristics and properties of a range of polymers and to also (II) investigate an emerging application of a modern material. To make an oral presentation on (II). 5,6 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Assignment 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • William D. Callister, Jr.; with special contributions by David G. Rethwisch 2007, Materials science and engineering, 6th Ed. Ed., John Wiley & Sons New York [ISBN: 9780471736967]
  • John C. Kotz, Paul M. Treichel, Gabriela C. Weaver 2006, Chemistry & chemical reactivity, 11 and also special article on "The Chemistry of Modern Materials", Thomson Brooks/Cole Belmont, CA [ISBN: 0495010146]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hans-Georg Elias, 2003, An Introduction to Plastics, 2nd Ed Ed., Wiley-VCH [ISBN: 3527296026]
  • James F. Shackelford 2005, Introduction to materials science for engineers, 2nd ed Ed., Pearson Education International [ISBN: 0131276190]
  • Barsoum 2003, Fundamentals of Ceramics”, IOP Publishing
  • Rosato 1993, Rosato's Plastics Encyclopaedia and Dictionary, Hanser [ISBN: 9781569900888]
  • Gunther Kampf 1986, Characterisation of Plastics by Physical Methods, Hanser
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Materialstoday, Monthly Journal, Elsevier Science.
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 6 Group Elective 2