Courses Catalogue

Characterization Of Materials

COURSE CODE: PHY7112
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course discusses important methods for characterization of materials: metallography, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetic/electrical characterization and surface techniques

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To provide knowledge of main features in theory and applications of characterization techniques.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • introduce various methods available for characterizing the materials
  • describe the fundamental principles behind the methods of characterization which are included in the curriculum.
  • analyze, interpret and present observations from the different methods.
  • evaluate the uncertainty of observations and results from the different methods.
  • assess which methods of characterization are appropriate for different material problems.
  • cooperate on a common project, and within time limits present a written report and oral presentation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • get exposed with thermal, microscopic, electrical and spectroscopic methods of characterization.
  • describe the fundamental principles behind the methods of characterization which are included in the curriculum.
  • analyze, interpret and present observations from the different methods.
  • evaluate the uncertainty of observations and results from the different methods.
  • assess which methods of characterization are appropriate for different material problems.
  • cooperate on a common project, and within time limits present a written report and oral presentation.