Courses Catalogue

Materials Science

COURSE CODE: ICH 2221
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 2
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Industrial Chemistry, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This course is concerned with an understanding of the properties and behaviour of materials and how they are related to their internal structure.  Basically, the internal structure of materials that involves atoms and the way the atoms are associated with their neighbours in crystals or molecules explains how materials behave like they do, and why they differ in properties.  Understanding this behaviour allows proper selection and design of materials and provides a knowledge base for engineering application of the various materials. Examples of commonly used materials for industrial and chemical plant construction are discussed in details.

Course Objectives

This course is intended

  • To give students a background to the subject of materials science.
  • To enable students understand the origin of the different properties of materials that determine their applicability.
  • To equip students with the criteria for selecting materials for a given purpose.
  • To enable students understand the limits of materials applicability and the change of their properties with use.