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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/06/2022 09:17:05

Title of Module: Materials & Manufacture

Code: ENGG08001 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Asraf   Uzzaman

Summary of Module

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding in concepts of material science and engineering with reference to an essential element in mechanical design, materials and manufacturing process selection and the environment. Students will investigate a range of different types of modern materials. However, emphasis is placed on steel due to its importance in building, automotive and aerospace industry. An extensive laboratory exercise will be undertaken to determine how, through heat treatment the properties of steel can be modified. The importance of quality systems is demonstrated in relation to material conformity and manufacturing processes.

The module will be closely aligned to other Level 8 modules by utilising a real-world example that will be considered as a common theme across othere Level 8 modules. The output from these modules will feed forward to further modules in Level 9. Thus, creating a holistic approach to learning within the programme.

During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes. Academic Universal and Work-ready attributes: Students will gain knowledge and understanding of this important discipline as well as having the opportunity to develop a broad range of technical and transferable skills.






  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging practical testing laboratories, module assessment which reflects industry design activities, learning synergies across modules and levels of study, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of real-world practical student generated data.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of the structure of a variety of materials and explain how their properties may be varied though the addition of other materials or material processing.

L2. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate heat treatments, failure types and their mechanisms.

L3. Select and apply appropriate materials, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations and the environmental and societal impact of solutions (including the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts

L4. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement associated with materials and manufacturing quality assurance and efficiency.

L5. Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate an extended knowledge of the different types and characteristics of engineering materials

Demonstrate a knowledge of primary and secondary manufacturing processes

Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate tools used to to monitor and confirm quality assurance and efficiency.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Select appropriate materials and manufacturing methods for a range of consumer products

Determine the appropriate method of manufacture for an engineering component

Analyse how tolerancing affects assembly and the role quality systems have on the assurance of correct assembly.

Analyse the role quality systems have on material conformity.

Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Use appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of basic engineering problems.

Demonstrate the ability to monitor, interpret and apply the results of analysis and modeling

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate an understanding of the computer techniques available to enhance the communication of engineering ideas and concepts

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Develop an enhanced level of transferable skills that will be of value in working with others in more complex situations

Recognise the role and contribution of team members when carrying out and evaluating tasks

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module includes, lectures, tutorials, examination and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Essential resources:
Materials: Engineering Science Processing and Design by Michael Ashby et al, 4th Edition ISBN-13:978-0-08-102376-1 (2019)
Various handout materials

Callister's Materials Science and Engineering 10th Edition ISBN 978-1-119-45391-8

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorParag Vichare
External ExaminerP Lewis
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by IMechE as part of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. and BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering programmes.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Unseen open book examination 60%
Laboratory 40%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups.
Students with special needs(including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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