TMT4171 - Introduction to Materials Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 80/100 4 hours D
Portfolio 20/100

Course content

An introduction to materials science and different types of materials. The coupling between the chemical properties of elements, atomic structure and inter-atomic bonds is detailed. The interaction between molecular, crystal structure, microstructure and chemical and mechanical properties are emphasized. Crystal defects and diffusion in materials are treated as well as binary phase diagrams. The themes materials selection- and development, processing and properties (chemical and physical) are detailed.

Learning outcome

The student should: - Explain how materials properties depend on chemical composition atomic- and crystal structure. - Explain how the structure of materials are affected by mechanical- and thermal treatments. - Use nomenclature to describe the molecular and crystal structure of materials. - Perform calculations on elemental diffusion in metals. - Predict phase composition in binary systems by the use of phase diagrams. - Understand how materials properties depend on structure and crystal defects. - Demonstrate practical basic skills in metallography and report writing.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, excursions, laboratory exercises (total of 200 hours incl. self-study). All laboratory classes are compulsory. 90% of excercises must be submitted and approved to sit the exam. One compulsory excursion in Norway is planned if feasible due to communicable diseases.

Compulsory assignments

  • Excercises, Laboratory work, Excursions

Further on evaluation

The final grade is a combined grade from the written exam 80%, and a lab report 20%. There will be given a separate grade in both the written exam, and the report. They will be combined for your final grade in the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.If a student has to take the course over again, or improve their grade, both the exam and the reports can be done seperatly.If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Materials Science and Engineering (MTMT)

Course materials

William D. Callister, Jr., David G. Rethwisch: Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction, 10th edition (SI Version). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2020.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMT4170 3.7 AUTUMN 2010
TMAK1002 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
IMAK6002 2.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Process Metallurgy
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 80/100 D 2022-12-15 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 36
Autumn ORD Portfolio 20/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 80/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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