PROD111-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Materials Science for Design

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Classes of materials and their properties in terms of strength, chemical stability, corrosion, elasticity, hardness, and applications. Stress-strain behaviour, Young's modulus, elastic deformation and failure modes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes (General)
  • Students will be able to understand the concepts of categorizing materials and processes in the form of families, classes and sub-classes
  • Students will gain an understanding of the different classes of materials and their typical attributes and properties
  • Students will be familiar the material class of polymers and gain a working understanding of their properties and processing requirements
  • Students will develop a working understanding of material properties including mechanical, thermal, chemical and aesthetic properties and how to test them
  • Students will be able to match materials and design and how to understand and identify the relevant information for the material and process
  • Students will be able to recognize and understand the environmental aspects of a material choice including life cycle assessments, end of life scenarios and recyclability

Course Coordinator

Tim Huber

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Richard Hartshorn


Materials library card assessment: 15% in total:
• Students will be asked to select a material of their choice, research some of its key properties
       and applications and present their findings in the form of a postcard and through a short
       report. Due: End of week 12

Laboratory assessments: 30% in total:
• Report for Lab 1, 4 and 6 : 5 % each for Lab 1 &4, 8 % for Lab 6, due 1 week after lab session
• Quizzes for Labs 3 and 5: 4 % each; at the end of each lab session
• Lab hand in for lab 2: 4 %; at the end of the lab session

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Ashby, M. F. , Johnson, Kara; Materials and design : the art and science of material selection in product design ; 2nd ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010.

Ashby, M. F. , Shercliff, Hugh., Cebon, David; Materials : engineering, science, processing and design ; 2nd ed., North American ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010.

Callister, William D.,Jr.,1940- , Rethwisch, David G; Materials science and engineering :an introduction ; 9th edition ; John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014.

Pfeifer, Michael; Materials enabled designs : the materials engineering perspective to product design and manufacturing ; Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann, 2009.


Goal of the Course
The goal of this course is to provide students with a design-led introduction to material science to be able to isolate the requirements that materials must meet to perform in a design context. Students should be able to identify important material properties, understand the fundamental science behind those properties and use their knowledge to select a material suitable for a specific design.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the departments and faculties page .

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  • PROD111-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020