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Course : Materials Science

Course Number
MENG 3114 - Lecture
Section Number
Fall 2019
McCoy Engineering Hall, 136
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 10, 2018 12:00 am








Program Outcomes

Outcome-Related Course Learning Objectives








Overall, to develop an understanding of fundamental concepts of crystalline and non-crystalline structures, defects, diffusion, phases, solidification, solid state phase transformations and apply the same to the major classes of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.








To enable students to understand why crystalline and non-crystalline structure of materials lead to widely different properties.








To enable students to recognize that one of the important characteristics of a material is how it responds to different stresses, and that this response is related to the temperature of the material.








To enable students to realize that equilibrium phase diagrams are useful in understanding the development and preservation of non-equilibrium structures and their attendant properties.








To enable students to design heat treatments phase transformations for some alloy that will yield the desired room temperature mechanical properties.








To enable students to make informed decisions involving materials selection and processing.








To enable students to become familiar with the materials science and metallographic laboratory equipment.











1: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying the principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5: an ability function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies



This course contributes to the Engineering Science component of the program



General Education Statement:

1)  Students in this course must demonstrate competency in written communication through written tests, homework and lab reports (lab portion) 2) Students in this course must demonstrate competency in basic use of computer word processing and spreadsheets (including computer graphing) through the formal preparation of certain laboratory experiments (lab portion).  3)  Students in this course will always have their writing checked for grammar and spelling during the grading of all laboratory experiments.


Grading formula for course:

X = 0.65 X (exam1 score +exam2 score+exam3 score) +0.20*(Laboratory participation and lab reports) +0.05*(Attendance and participation+ 0.10*(Homework) 

Each exam counts for 21.66%, this includes the final exam and the students are required to sign up for one of the labs and attend them. A grade will be given for the lab portion (20%) and will be calculated in the final grade of the course.


Course grade:  If the calculation of the total grade shown above is between 89.5 and 100, the grade is A; 79.5 to 89.4 B; 69.5 to 79.4, C; etc.


Value of X (in %)

Letter Grade









< 59.4




Attendance policy, etc.:   The instructor adheres to the policies stated in the MSU Student Handbook in regard to class attendance, classroom behavior deemed detrimental to learning by other members of the class, academic dishonesty, and student rights.  If you do not have a copy of this handbook, one can be picked up at the Office of Student Services



Make-up tests

No absence from a test will be regarded as excused unless the student presents the instructor with a valid written excuse either before or within one week from the date of the missed exam.


Concerning the Homework:

Homework should be turned in on the due date at the beginning of class time.  The instructor does not want the students to work on homework during class time. Each day 20 % will be deducted for late homework or lab report starting at the due date and time.  Each homework problem should be numbered with chapter and problem number. Once class starts, no homework will be accepted.  Do not ask one of your classmates to turn in an assignment for you.  It will not be accepted.







Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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