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Bachelor of Science (Materials)

The objective of the Materials Science course is to provide the scientific knowledge and technical skills necessary for a successful materials based career in areas such as quality control and laboratory testing, materials process control, and research and development in government and private sector laboratories. It also provides an ideal basis for those who wish to pursue a career in secondary teaching. The core materials subjects involve detailed study of the structure of properties of metals, ceramics and polymers.

Study Options

Electives in second and third years are normally selected to provide a coherent minor in a particular field, eg. Materials, Chemistry, Science and Technology Studies or Engineering. Suggested elective programs are listed below. Students should consult their Course Adviser when choosing elective subjects.

Advanced Standing

Applicants holding relevant TAFE Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas with a consistently good performance will normally be granted 48 credit points (one year) of advanced standing.

Students are advised to take the maximum number of mathematics and science units available in their TAFE course.

Further Studies Options

Graduates can apply for entry to Honours in Materials or Master of Science - Research.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
Year 1
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A 6
ENGG153 Engineering Materials 6
MATH141 Mathematics 1C Part 1 6
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 6
PHYS141 Fundamental Physics A 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B 6
ENGG154 Engineering Innovation and Design 6
MATH142 Mathematics 1C Part 2 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
PHYS142 Fundamental Physics B 6
Year 2
MATE201 Structure and Properties of Materials 6
MATE202 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 6
MATE291 Engineering Computing and Laboratory Skills 6
MATE203 Phase Transformations 6
MATE204 Mechanical Behaviour and Fracture 6
plus 3 Electives 18
Year 3
MATE301 Engineering Alloys 6
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6
MATE391 Materials Testing 6
MATE303 Ceramics, Glass and Refractories 6
plus 3 Electives 18
Year 4 (Honours)
MATE406 Research Project 24
plus 4 electives 24
MATE305 Primary Materials Processing 6
MATE402 Secondary Materials Processing 6
MATE411 Advanced Materials and Processing 6
MATE412 Electronic Materials 6
MATE413 Structural Characterisation Techniques 6
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6
CHEM311 Inorganic Chemistry III 8
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysis 8
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
Science and Technology Studies
STS100 Social Aspects of Science and Technology 6
STS112 The Scientific Revolution: History, Philosophy and Politics of Science1 6
STS215 Globalisation: Technology, Culture and Media 6
STS216 Environment in Crisis: Technology and Society 8
STS229 Scientific and Technological Controversy 6
STS376 The politics of Risk 6

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