CIVL2110: Materials (2015 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL2110: Materials (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Proust, Gwenaelle
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Materials are an important part of the civil engineers’ work. Indeed, civil engineers who are concerned with the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities need to understand the behaviour and performance of the materials used. And as it happens, mechanical properties – which are essential and basic for civil engineers – are highly dependent on the structure of materials at various scales. Therefore, it is important that a student in Civil Engineering possesses a fundamental knowledge in materials science.

This unit of study aims to provide students with the tools necessary to select the adequate material for a particular application and to assess its mechanical behaviour while in use. This course will focus mainly on materials for civil engineering and construction applications, i.e. metals, concrete and soils.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Proust, Gwenaelle
Timetable: CIVL2110 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 3 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures


One Lab session per semester

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Ability to apply knowledge of materials in engineering design. Design (Level 1)
Fundamental knowledge of materials science. Ability to conduct laboratory experiments and analyse results. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Ability to write a laboratory report and group presentation Communication (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 1)
1. Select the correct material for an application and appreciate the repercussions of an incorrect selection.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
2. Apply basic materials concepts relative to materials structures
3. Describe and utilize mechanical concepts such as stress, strain, elasticity, plasticity, fracture, fatigue and creep that will be used in other units of study in Civil Engineering.
4. Comprehend the relations between the structure of materials and their mechanical properties.
Communication (Level 1)
5. design a presentation using powerpoint and write a lab report
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4,
2 Lab Report No 10.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Group presentation Yes 10.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Quiz: 4 quizzes of 40 min each during tutorial sessions, closed book.

Lab Report: Individual report to be submitted on week 13.

Lab presentation: group presentation on week 13.

Final Exam: 3 hours long exam testing students’ understanding of the relations between structure and mechanical properties.
Assessment Feedback: Quiz feedback and solutions will be given during lectures
Lab report will be given back to the student with feedback at the end of semester.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS In order to achieve a pass in this unit of study, all the following criteria must be satisfied: (1) a total mark of at least 50 % and (2) satisfactory end of semester examination performance of 45%. Students who do not meet these criteria will not receive a pass in the unit of study, and regardless of their performance in individual components of the unit of study, will not receive a mark greater than 45 %.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Materials (CIVL2110 & CIVL5501) prepared by G. Proust
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Atomic structure.
Introduction to the course.
Week 2 Grain growth.
Imperfections in solids.
Week 3 Phase diagram.
Week 4 Mechanical properties.
Phase diagram.
Week 5 Strengthening mechanisms.
Mechanical properties.
Week 6 Fatigue & creep.
Fracture mechanics.
Week 7 Corrosion.
Week 8 Material selection.
Aluminium and steels.
Week 9 Friction in soil and rock.
Friction, Soil characteristics.
Week 10 Case-studies.
Week 11 Concrete.
Week 12 Concrete.
Week 13 Concrete.
Assessment Due: Lab Report
Assessment Due: Group presentation
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil 2015, 2016
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) Yes 12.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 78.5%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 9%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.