2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Materials Engineering) | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Materials engineers apply knowledge of science and engineering to turn raw materials into finished products: everything from construction materials and consumer goods to advanced electronics and biomedical implants. They understand how the structure and properties of materials can be controlled by composition and processing. They design and select materials and processing methods to suit a particular application.

In the final years of the degree students can select from an exciting range of electives, and get involved in some of our world-class research through thesis projects. Cadetships are offered annually by Bluescope Steel Pty Ltd to students with superior academic results in their HSC. Students gain on the job experience and are paid while studying at University. On-line application forms are available from 1 July each year.

Depending on your ATAR, or if you have Mathematics and no Physics and/or Chemistry, you may be allocated to the Opportunity Program. This program provides additional instruction and tutorials to help you succeed. Senior student mentors assist you in the first year. The course is otherwise identical to the normal Engineering programs.

Double majors provide the knowledge and competencies to practise as a professional engineer in two engineering disciplines. This program is available by transfer only following completion of a successful first year of study.

Course Structure

Students can select electives from a number of specialist areas. The subjects are grouped into streams to guide students on possible combinations within an area of interest. To offer the most up-to-date knowledge and practical skills in Materials industries and researches, the streams are closely linked to corresponding research strengths within or associated with Materials Engineering Discipline.

The associated strengths include: Engineering Materials Institute, BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre, Engineering Manufacturing, Defense Material Technology Centre, Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. Students are NOT required to select electives from a single stream.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
ENGG102 Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics 6 Autumn
ENGG103 Materials in Design 6 Autumn
ENGG105 Engineering Design for Sustainability 6 Autumn
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG100 Engineering Computing and Analysis 6 Spring
PHYS143 Physics For Engineers 6 Spring
MATH142 Essentials of Engineering Mathematics 6 Spring, Summer 2017/2018
ENGG104 Electrical Systems 6 Spring
Year 2
CHEM103 Introductory Chemistry For Engineers 6 Autumn
MECH203 Mechanical Workshop Practice 0 Autumn
ENGG251 Mechanics of Solids 6 Autumn
MATE202 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 6 Autumn
MATH283 Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Statistics 6 Autumn
MATE201 Structure of Materials 6 Spring
MATE203 Phase Transformations 6 Spring
MATE204 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials 6 Spring
MATE205 Materials Characterisation Techniques 6 Spring
Year 3
ENGG252 Engineering Fluid Mechanics 6 Autumn
MATE301 Engineering Alloys 6 Autumn
MATE306 Fracture, Failure and Degradation 6 Autumn
MATE381 Experimental Methods and Computing 6 Autumn
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6 Spring
MATE303 Ceramics, Glasses and Refractories 6 Spring
MATE304 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing 6 Spring
MATE305 Primary Materials Processing 6 Spring
Year 4
ENGG454 Professional Experience 0 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG461 Managing Engineering Projects 6 Autumn
MATE402 Secondary Materials Processing 6 Autumn
MATE401 Selection of Materials in Engineering Design 6 Spring
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students must complete one of the two research options 
ENGG452 Thesis A 12 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
ENGG453 Thesis B 18 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
Bachelor of Engineering Scholar (Honours) students must complete ENGG453
ENGG453 Thesis B 18 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
Students must also complete:
Electives as specified below 12 or 18 Autumn, Spring
Total Electives listed below*
For students in ENGG452: Any 3 electives
For students in ENGG453: Any 2 electives
Materials Science and Technology
MATE413 Structural Characterisation Techniques 6 Autumn
ENGG457 Engineering Project B 6 Spring
MATE433 Surface Engineering 6 Spring
Metallurgical Processing
MATE422 Iron and Steelmaking 6 Autumn
ENGG457 Engineering Project B 6 Spring
MINE324 Mineral Processing 6 Spring
Materials Forming and Manufacturing
MECH421 Manufacturing Process Analysis 6 Autumn
ENGG457 Engineering Project B 6 Spring
ENGG434 Introduction to Materials Welding and Joining 6 Spring
Advanced Functional Materials
MATE411 Advanced Materials and Processing 6 Autumn
MATE412 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
MATE433 Surface Engineering 6 Spring
ENGG457 Engineering Project B 6 Spring
Sustainability in Materials Engineering
ENGG447 Advanced Building Design for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability 6 Autumn
ENGG378 Sustainable Energy Technologies 6 Spring
ENGG457 Engineering Project B 6 Spring
ENGG446 Energy Efficiency and Energy Auditing in the Built Environment 6 Not offered in this year
ENGG448 Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing and Process Industries 6 Not offered in this year
Additional Material Electives
CSCI291 Programming for Engineers 6 Autumn
ENGG440 Strategic Management of Engineering 6 Autumn
MINE416 Mine Valuation 6 Autumn
ENGG439 Engineering Logistics and Operations Management 6 Spring

* Electives may not be available every year - check the subject timetable.

** Scholars students must complete this subject.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

UOW's engineering programs are accredited by Engineers Australia and relevant world engineering bodies through the Washington Accord. This ensures recognition by equivalent professional engineering bodies in the USA, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

UOW is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) Deans of Engineering and Associates, in recognition of its being among the top Australian engineering faculties. This achievement is a direct result of our world class reputation in teaching and learning. 

Other Information

Further information is available at:

UOW Course Finder
Email: eis@uow.edu.au
Email: Academic Program Director

Last reviewed: 2 November, 2016