Curriculum

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MMEN) curriculum will be organized to provide three educational components:
1. Fundamentals of metallurgical and materials, applications of the fundamentals and emphasis in one of three focus areas.
a. MMEN Basics: The basic curriculum in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department will provide a background in the following topic areas:
i. Crystal structures and structural analysis: Crystal system; symmetry elements and Miller indices; atomic bonding; metallic, ceramic and polymeric structures; x-ray and electron diffraction; stereographic projection and crystal orientation; long range order defects in materials.
ii. Thermodynamics of materials: Heat and mass balances; thermodynamic laws; chemical potential and chemical equilibrium; solution thermodynamics and solution models; partial molar and excess quantities; solid state thermodynamics; thermodynamic of surfaces etc.
iii. Phase equilibria: Phase rule; binary and ternary systems; microstructural evolution; defects in crystals; surface phenomena; phase transformations; eutectic, eutectoid, martensitic, nucleation and growth recovery; strengthening mechanisms; quantitative stereology and heat treatment.
iv. Properties of materials: Mechanical properties, chemical properties (oxidation and corrosion); electrical, magnetic and optical properties; failure analysis.
b. MMEN Applications: The course content in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering programme emphasized the following applications:
i. Materials processing: Particulate processing, thermo- and electro-chemical materials processing, hydrometallurgical processing, synthesis of materials, deformation processing, casting and welding.
ii. Design and application of materials: Materials selection, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ceramic materials, polymeric materials, composite materials and electronic materials.
c. MMEN Focus Areas: There are three focus areas within the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering curriculum. These are:
i. Physico-chemical processing of materials.
ii. Physical-mechanical metallurgy.
iii. Materials engineering


Course Credit System

The course units in the Department are organized on the course credit system per semester. A semester lasts for approximately 18 weeks, including the periods of registration and examinations provided that not less than 15 weeks are devoted to actual teaching. One credit unit is the equivalent of 15 contact hours of classroom teaching or 30 hours of laboratory work. Most of the course units in the Department carry the weight of 3 or 2 credit units, suggesting that they are taught for 45 or 30 hours in the semester or 3 or 2 one-hour periods per week. In courses with strong practical component, this means that there are 15 hours of teaching and 45 hours of practical to qualify for 2 credit units or 30 hours of teaching and 45 hours of practical for 3 credit unit courses. However, there are fewer 3 credit unit courses which suggest that more work is required to be done in 45 contact hours per semester or the equivalent in terms of practical and classroom teaching.
At the end of each semester, a final examination is given to bring the course to final conclusion. The final examination in each course unit is weighted 60% of the component while CA/assignments carries the weight of 40% of total marks for the course.
No student can pass in a course unit if he/she fails to submit the CA/assignments.

 

Computing Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

Using an example of a 100 level student in the Department with the following results in the first semester: and second semester, the GPA and CGPA are computed as follows:
First semester

Course Grades Grade points Credit Units Credit points (c*d)
PHYS 11165(B)428
PHYS 13173(A)5210
PHYS 16170(A)515
CHEM 11163(B)428
STAT 10172(A)515
MATH 10173(A)515
MATH 10367(B)414
MATH 10575(A)515
MATH 10747(D)212
GEOL 10141(E)122
CHEM 12157(C)326
1660
Registered Credit Units (RCU) = 2+2+1 +1 +2+1+1+1+1 +2+2+2 = 16
Earned Credit Units (ECU) = 2+2+1 +2+1+1 +1+1 ++2+2 = 16
Thus, First Semester Grade points average (GPA) = 60/16 = 3.75

Second semester
Course Grades Grade points Credit Units Credit points (c*d)
PHYS 11275(A)5210
PHYS 14272(A)515
PHYS 16264(B)414
MATH 10269(B)428
MATH 10470(A)5210
MATH 10678(A)5210
MATH 10875(A)515
COSC 100752(A)5210
CHEM 11256(C)326
1568
Thus for second semester (GPA) = 68/15 = 4.53
CGPA = Previous TCP + Present CP/Previous TRCU + Present RCU
Where: TCP: Total Credit Points
CP: Credit Points
TRCU: Total Registered Credit Units
RCU: Registered Credit Units
CGPA: Cumulative Grade Point Average
Hence,
CGPA = 60 + 68/16 + 15 = 4.13

Course Contents

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