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The Usefulness of Overview Lectures in an Undergraduate-Level Engineering Materials Course

Prof Seh Chun Lim | Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

The Usefulness of Overview Lectures in an Undergraduate-Level Engineering Materials Course

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Teaching an undergraduate-level engineering materials course can be a challenge. How can one present the large number of fundamental principles and properties of materials without losing the attention and interest of the students in a lecture theatre?
This presentation reports the outcome of an experiment carried out over a period of five years at the National University of Singapore to address this issue. It was found that among all the approaches tried, starting the course with a series of overview lectures was most effective. The overview lectures were found to be useful in enlightening the students on (1) how the proper use of materials can lead to improvements in the performance of products and systems resulting in positive impacts on human lives; and (2) why learning the various fundamental principles and properties of materials is necessary. Examples will be given to illustrate the evolution of this approach.