TMT4171 - Introduction to Materials Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 20/100
Home examination 80/100 4 hours

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

Final grade in the course is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written final examination (80%) and three obligatory laboratory reports (20%). The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points while the final grade for the whole folder is given by a letter grade.

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, all evaluations in the course has to be repeated

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

William D. Callister, Jr., David G. Rethwisch: Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction, 9th edition (SI Version). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMT4170 3.7 01.09.2010
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 80/100

Release 2020-12-05

Submission 2020-12-05

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 80/100 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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