DSCY10070 Materials in Society

Academic Year 2022/2023

How have people historically and in today’s societies understood materials, their properties, uses and potential? How have people used their existing knowledge, ingenuity and technological skills to extract, modify and transform materials into useful things that have shaped the world in which we live today? How will people synthesize, use and harness the power of materials in tomorrow’s future? This exciting and innovative module will combine the disciplines of materials, mechanical and chemical engineering with archaeology and chemistry to provide students with unique insights into materials, their development and uses. Practical work will include ancient iron-smelting techniques at the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (CEMAC), as well as lectures, demonstrations and hands-on engagement. In order to complete the practical work, a fieldwork on campus at CEMAC willl be conducted on a Saturday.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

 Summarize the significance of key materials in the development of human societies
 Understand the interdisciplinary nature of materials discoveries and applications
 Recognize the importance of current materials research activities in the 21st century
 Critically analyse the link between new material discoveries and the needs of modern society

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
-active/task-based learning,
-lab work,
-problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Fieldwork: Fieldwork Report Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Group Project (Brightspace discussions) with Online Poster Presentation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: 1 hour MCQ exam (Brightspace) 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Professor Dermot Brougham Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Barry Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Brendan O'Neill Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Aidan O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gareth Redmond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ian Reid Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Graeme Warren Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jacek Wychowaniec Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 13:00 - 13:50