CBEMS 190 Materials Selection and Design (2017-2018)

CBEMS 190 Materials Selection and Design

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 190 Materials Selection and Design (Credit Units: 4) Meaning and phases of design. Design considerations. Safety issues and engineering ethics. Codes and standards. Materials selection in design. Materials selection to meet specific requirements. Statistical considerations. Engineering economics. Seminars on materials selection and design by industry leaders and faculty. Seniors only. Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1118324585.

Recommended Textbook:
Martha L. Mecartney
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

2. Develop statistical methods to analyze and interpret data

3. Select a material to meet desired needs

4. Function on multi-disciplinary teams

5. Understand professional and ethical responsibility

6. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

7. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

8. Develop an understanding and appreciation for engineering economics

9. Develop an awareness of industry requirements for materials engineers

10. Recognize the need for life-long learning

11. Apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four primary elements of Materials Science and Engineering (structure, properties, processing and performance) to solve problems related to materials selection and design

Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Classification and meaning of design
  • Phases of design
  • Design considerations and constraints
  • Codes and standards
  • Materials selection in design
  • Process selection
  • Software for materials selection
  • Statistical methods applicable to design Projects
  • Engineering Economics
  • Patents
  • Seminars by materials engineers from local industry
  • Presentations by students
  • Tours of local industry involved in activities dealing with Materials
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Usage required for lecture topics.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contribute and complement the Materials Science & Engineering Major Senior design experience.

Design Content Description

CBEMS 190 will complement the senior design experience for our students. The goals of the senior design experience are the application of materials science and engineering fundamentals, advances, and analysis in design projects. These projects deal with materials selection in engineering design that involves several criteria. CBEMS 190 will address these many criteria: ethics, safety, design, failure modes, new products, and new patents as well as constraints dealing with reliability and economics. The lecture portion of CBEMS 190 also complements will be organized to address technical report writing, statistical methods, engineering economics, and selected topics on today’s industrial materials and applications. Seminars by qualified materials scientists and engineers involved in designs and selections of materials from local industry will be arranged to provide students with an understanding of design related issues in industry and the role of materials selection in deciding design. Recent graduates will also be invited to relate their early engineering experiences and faculty members will be invited to discuss current research and development interests for potential student career paths.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework 20%
  • Quizzes/Attendance 20%
  • Field Trips and Field Trip Reports 10%
  • Midterms 25%
  • Final Project 20%
  • Class Participation 5%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.5 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.5 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.5 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

September 6, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr