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BEng Materials Science and Engineering

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of:
1. an understanding of more complex engineering topics in the areas of materials characterisation, microstructural control and the interplay between processing and properties;
2. a broad knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of chemistry and physics as they relate to the study of materials science;
3. being able to use advanced mathematical techniques to solve complex scientific and engineering problems;
4. being familiar with the health and safety requirements and the complex environmental issues relating to engineering operations;
5. being able to plan, research and undertake a simple experimental project on a topic in chemistry or physics related to materials science;
6. being able to analyse and evaluate scientific data and communicate their findings in written and verbal form;
7. being able to appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
8. being aware of professional and materials science and engineering-specific boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
1. qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
2. skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
3. decision making.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
1. demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the discipline/profession to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
2. work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
3. demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
4. the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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