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Material Science II (MSE)

Module BGU64009

This Module is offered by Chair of Non-destructive Testing (Prof. Große).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2020 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2020SS 2019SS 2015WS 2011/2

Basic Information

BGU64009 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 75 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lecture series Material Science (MS1 & MS2) address all aspects of this topic starting from the basic principles in chemistry and physics. This is followed by a characterization of materials properties and the selection of materials from the engineering point of view. Finally, the application of a wide range of engineering materials is described dedicated to be used as structures or products.
Following the first course, Material Science II is deepening the physical properties of materials. Next the mechanical properties are revealed on the component and structure level - exhibit a transition from the micro to the meso and macro level including a basic understanding of fracture mechanics and material testing.

The course MS2 includes in detail:

3. Physical properties of materials (3.4 optical properties and 3.5 thermal properties; chapters 3.1 to 3.3 are subject to MS1)
4. Properties in regard to engineering applications. Fracture mechanics and material testing.
5. Engineering materials and their properties on the structure and component level (metals, ceramics, materials used in electronic components, polymers, construction materials, composites and fiber reinforced materials, selection of materials in regard to economical and ecological aspects).

Learning Outcome

At the end of the semester, the students are able to choose and employ materials with respect to their intended use as building elements or in construction. For this purpose they are taught the physical, chemical and engineering methods and criteria according to which the properties of materials have to be estimated. The students know the main basic and construction materials as well as the methods to characterise materials and construction elements. Terms such as tensile strength, corrosion resistance, hardness, ductility, brittleness or anisotropy are well-understood and can be assigned to the respective materials.


Attendance at the first part of the two lectures of "Material Science" (Material Science I) is recommended. To participate in the exercise the attendance at the lecture (Materials Science II) is obligatory.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Material Science II Auwärter, W. Große, C. Tue, 14:00–15:30, BC2 BC2 0.01.17
Tue, 16:00–17:30, BC2 BC2 0.01.17
UE 1 Material Science II Auwärter, W. Stüwe, I.
Responsible/Coordination: Große, C.
Wed, 13:30–15:00, BC2 BC2 0.01.16

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. The knowledge of the lecture is imparted by talks and presentations. The students should read an accompanying textbook which can be supplemented by additional literature. In the practical course, the content of the lecture is demonstrated in experimental set-ups.


The media used in the lecture are: presentations, videos, blackboard sketches.


As textbook:
Callister, William D.: Materials Science and Engineering, 8th Ed., Wiley Desktop Edition 2010 (ebook).
Askeland, Donald R.: Materialwissenschaften, 1. Aufl., Spektrum Akandem. Verlag 2010;

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is assessed in a 90-minute written exam. Comprehension questions evaluate whether students understand the physical principles and concepts required in materials science. For example, students should demonstrate their ability to apply learned methods for the abstract description of technical materials or to select suitable methods for determining material properties. Answers are to be provided in written form as well as in single choice form (One of several offered solutions is correct). Fifty to sixty percent of the total points can be attained by answering the single-choice questions. An overall grade is derived from the number of points achieved in both parts of the exam. A non-memory-programmable pocket calculator is permitted.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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