MEEN2004W Materials 1

Academic Year 2024/2025

Materials 1 is an entry-level material module that will cover basic principles of atomic and interatomic bonding, crystallography, and imperfection in solids and diffusion. This module will discuss the fundamentals of the mechanical properties of metals and their dislocation and strengthening mechanisms. It also covers the basic material failure modes and gives a brief introduction to phase diagrams.

The module will have laboratories of metallurgy and mechanical characterization, which are carried out with reference to current School Health and Safety protocols. Students should follow these during all laboratory activities. Further information is available at and within the Brightspace resources for this module.

The EDI principle will be applied in teaching & learning for a variety of activities including data sharing, lecture slides preparation, teamwork and assessment. The group assignment will be made available to teams with options of self-enrolment and automatic allocation. Groups are free to choose their assignment topic under defined guidelines. Team communication will be guided via Brightspace and in-person discussion.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in Materials Science & Engineering: structure, structural and functional properties, and the interaction of structure and properties

2. Evaluate the mechanical behaviour of a material, and analyze its microstructure

3. Describe the relationships between structure and properties

Indicative Module Content:

Content of lectures will include:
• Brief description of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
• Atomic Structure and Interatomic Bonding
• Brief introduction to crystallography
• Imperfection in solid
• Diffusion
• Mechanical properties of metals
• Dislocations and Strengthening
• Phase diagrams

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture-based teaching with comprehensive labs is delivered. Two interactive group assignments will be given to students to elaborate fundamentals of the lecture. The lecturers are very approachable and are always available to meet with students to discuss any topic for which they require further clarification. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Final exam in-person End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Work Assignment: Project assignment based on groups Week 12 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Practical Skills Assessment: Two labs Week 14 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Geng Luo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
dawei Zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer