MEng courses - Educational Modules for Materials Science and Engineering

As a simplification, educational procedures may be separated into three main patterns:
  1. Lectures will be principally one-way communication from the lecturer to the students.
  2. Seminars have provision for a significant amount of two-way communication. And of course, there will be intermediate patterns - tutorial sessions and lessons. On the basis of knowledge of different materials and their processing technologies, the students will be actively engaged by selecting a material of their own choice and use the communications skills learned to present this information in student seminars. This will provide an opportunity to learn the significance of understanding of fundamental science of material properties and current status of material industry. The students will be able to relate their future role as materials engineer in different manufacturing industry.
  3. Laboratory projects for "hands-on" experimentation.

      Lecture mode will be the principal communication route. Most of the rest were will be equally split between a combination of the two modes or the use of large lecture sections plus smaller discussion sections for two-way interchange of questions and concepts. The tone of the discussions at the Faculty implies that a laboratory is desirable and would be used by all students if facilities and staff will be available. Unfortunately, today it is impossible to determine whether the predominance of the lecture mode will be a matter of choice or whether it will be a consequence of staffing and budgetary. The lecture will be the sole mode of the presentation in the majority of subjects. In most cases a textbook will be used as a teaching aid; however, this implies that there is little opportunity for a student to participate other than passively. Laboratories are considered to be a good "hands-on" supplement. At the Faculty the laboratories are universally available.