An integrating teaching resource for materials science and engineering

Fredriksson, C and Galos, J 2017, 'An integrating teaching resource for materials science and engineering', in Nazmul Huda, David Inglis, Nicholas Tse, Graham Town (ed.) Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017), Sydney, Australia, 10-13 December 2017, pp. 1201-1208.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An integrating teaching resource for materials science and engineering
Author(s) Fredriksson, C
Galos, J
Year 2017
Conference name AAEE 2017: Integrated Engineering
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 10-13 December 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017)
Editor(s) Nazmul Huda, David Inglis, Nicholas Tse, Graham Town
Publisher School of Engineering, Macquarie University
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Start page 1201
End page 1208
Total pages 8
Abstract Context: The academic areas of Materials Science and Materials Engineering have different emphasis at different universities. Some would argue that the former is more focused on understanding materials (the why) while the latter is more focused on making use of them (the how). Together, they constitute an important part of many engineering programs and may therefore be treated jointly as Materials Science and Engineering (MS and E). Teaching resources that integrate these perspectives, spanning the microscopic aspects (structure) of materials and the macroscopic aspects (properties) would be very useful to educators. Purpose: In this paper, we describe the development and implementation of a new prototype database with tools for the teaching of MS and E, based on a standard software package for materials-related teaching, with the intention of getting feedback on our ideas. Approach: We have investigated a number of curricula and syllabi to identify a list of topics/concepts that appear central to the learning objectives of MS and E and surveyed/interviewed educators teaching MS and E to understand their priorities on the introductory course. Some relevant existing online resources were also reviewed with the aim to strengthen these areas with a more visual and engaging teaching tool. The results from this analysis constituted the basis for the development of a new prototype MS and E software tool. Results: Among the top candidate areas that came out of the syllabus analysis and surveys were: Microstructure processing (thermal/mechanical), Material characterization and micrographs, Binary phase diagrams, Crystal structures, and Material properties. The resulting prototype cover several of these topics and is part of a long-term effort to facilitate materials teaching. It integrates a multitude of teaching approaches and is currently being evaluated by professors. Conclusions: In this paper, we report on the background, development, and content of a new ambit
Subjects Theory and Design of Materials
Higher Education
Keyword(s) Materials
Software
Teaching
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