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The New Discipline "Methods of Investigations and Quality Control of Materials" for Postgraduate Courses in Russian Universities

Prof Larisa Petrova | Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University

The New Discipline "Methods of Investigations and Quality Control of Materials" for Postgraduate Courses in Russian Universities

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Nowadays in the Russian Federation the transfer to the multilevel system of education is implemented according to the Bologna process. In these conditions special attention is paid to the teaching of post-graduate students who are the main reserve of the progress of science. Material science is announced by the Russian Government as the first-priority scientific specialty for modernization and technological development of the national economy (See The Directive No 1944-p at 3 November 2011 ). That's why the interest of students to enter post-graduate courses on specialty 'Material science' significantly increases. In fact in many Russian technical universities students entering such post-graduate specialty have no profile knowledge in materials science. For example, in Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI) graduators of such specialties as 'Automobile Transport', 'Road Machines', 'Technologies of Renovation of Machine Parts', etc., enter post-graduate courses for specialty 'Material Science in Machine Building'. Such students need additional training on experimental methods of study of materials. So special discipline 'Methods of Investigations and Quality Control of Materials' was developed for giving to post-graduate students necessary skills of usage of methods of analyses of structure and properties of metals and non-metallic materials, and for understanding of principals of reasonable choice of such methods for practical application. The discipline includes lectures, laboratory and practical works, but it aimed mainly at self-training of students. It includes the following modules: 'Methods of analyses of micro- and nanostructure of metals', 'Methods of mechanical tests', 'Means of increase of constructive strength of machine parts', 'Methods of investigation of physical properties of materials', 'Physical fundamentals of laser and ultrasonic treatment of metals'. Pedagogical practice is foreseen consisting in teaching students on some modules of 'Materials Science' basic discipline. The course gives students special skills in experimental investigations and operating of laboratory and research equipment.