1 x 1-hour lecture-1 per semester
2 x 1-hour lecture-2s weekly
1 x 1.5-hour workshop weekly
4 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR8752 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics or equivalent.
Assignments, Online Quizzes, Laboratory, Final Exam.
Topic description

Engineering Materials:

  1. Atomic structure and bonding
  2. Structure of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites
  3. Material properties
  4. Application of Materials
  5. Economic, environmental, and societal Issues


  1. Electric charge and electric field
  2. Electric potential
  3. Electric current and resistance
  4. Magnetism
  5. Introduction to Electromagnetic waves
Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with:

  • A basic understanding of the underlying science and the engineering performance of materials used in engineering applications
  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of electromagnetism
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the classification, structure and application of materials
  2. Evaluate the mechanical properties of materials with regards to elastic and plastic deformation
  3. Understand the economic, environmental, and societal Issues related to materials use
  4. Understand and communicate the basic principles of electromagnetism
  5. Apply the concepts of electromagnetism for solving engineering problems

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.