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ZUG3030 – Material Science and Properties

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2021 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 7


This module is intended to provide a broad introduction to the science and properties of materials to the level that adequately meet the mechanical engineering requirements in material selection for safe designs.  It addresses issues related to crystal structure and its effect on material properties. It demonstrates the interrelation between properties and internal structure, with the main properties of material being with regard to mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties. The heat treatment aspects also play a pivotal role in the properties and strength of materials.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:


Classify engineering materials according to their structure and properties


Understand the relationship between the structure of materials and their properties


Make use of basic and engineering science principles to solve materials related problems


Understand the variability of material properties as a function of material processing


Perform correct material selection for various design applications


Determine the influence of environmental effects on material properties


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

The purpose of this module is to give mechanical engineering students a broader perspective in material science, so that they can eliminate the fatal flaws that are often associated with inadequate understanding of material properties when making material selection in engineering designs. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means class tests and a final examination

Chief examiner(s)





Chemistry of Engineering Materials
Chemical Reactions in Engineering
Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces


Strength of Materials under Loading Conditions