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 materials. Atomic structure, chemical properties, chemical bonding and bonding forces. - The coupling between chemical bonding and material groups. - Structure of solids. - Defects and diffusion in solids. - Mechanical properties of metals. - Dislocations and strengthening mechanisms. - Binary phase diagrams.

Learning outcome

The student should: - Understand how material properties depend on chemical composition atomic- and crystal structure. - Perform crystallographic calculations, and describe the structure of metals, ceramics and polymrers. - Understand how defects and diffusion in materials affect mechanical properties, and perform basic diffusion calculations. - Describe how strengthening mechanisms, mechanical- and thermal treatments affect the structure and mechanical properties of metals. - Use binary phase diagrams to find relevant information about phases and microstructure in alloys. - Carry out laboratory work and document the work in written reports.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and laboratory work (total of 200 hours). Estimated time spent: Lectures: 56 hours, Exercises: 40 hours, Laboratory work: 40 hours, independent study: 64 hours. One compulsory excursion in Norway is planned if feasible due to communicable diseases.

Compulsory assignments

  • Excercises, Laboratory work, Excursions

Further on evaluation

Compulsory requirements (exercises, laboratory work and excursion) must be approved to get acess to the written exam. Information about compulsory requirements and requirements for approval of exercises will be given in the beginning of the course. 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

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

Required previous knowledge

Access to the course requires acceptance into materials science and engineering - master.

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 2024

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 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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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