Materials Sciences (MS&E)
Module version of WS 2017/8
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.
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|WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8|
PH9031 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH9031 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Alexander Holleitner.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The lecture Material Sciences (MS&E) treats all areas of material sciences, ranging from the atomic structure and interatomic bonding, to the fundamentals of crystallography, imperfections in solids, diffusion processes, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, failure, phase diagrams, phase transformations, and corrosion and degradation, as well as the fundamental mechanical, electronic, thermal, magnetic, and optical properties of important material classes. The latter comprise metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, and composite materials.
After having participated the module MS&E, students understand the physical and chemical structure of materials at the atomic level and know methods to investigate these. Furthermore, they are able to identify the most common classes of materials, and they know how to characterize and define the various physical properties of the materials. The students can distinguish the different classes of substances in the materials sciences and their connections.
BSc. in Material Science
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Materials Sciences (MS&E)||Holleitner, A. Nilges, T.||
Fri, 08:00–10:00, virtuell
|UE||1||Exercise Course to Materials Sciences (MS&E)||
Responsible/Coordination: Holleitner, A.
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Learning and Teaching Methods
The module consists of a lecture and an accompanying exercise. The content of the lecture is taught in classes and presentations. The students are requested to work through a textbook, which can be supplemented by other literature to further deepen their understanding. The exercise highlights the contents of the lecture.
The media in the lecture consist of computer presentations, videos, and black board contributions. Moreover, students are encouraged to study the recommended literature.
Recommended textbook accompanying the lecture:
Callister, William D., Rethwisch, David G.: Materials science and engineering, 9th ed., Wiley Desktop Edition 2015.
Description of exams and course work
There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.
For example an assignment in the exam might be: Questions regarding fundamentals of crystallography, imperfections in solids, diffusion processes, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, failure, phase diagrams, phase transformations, and corrosion and degradation, as well as the fundamental mechanical, electronic, thermal, magnetic, and optical properties of important material classes (such as semiconductors, metals, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials)..
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.