Syllabus for Introduction to Materials Engineering

Introduktion till materialvetenskap

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE610
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-19
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2020
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4 or Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics E
  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe various kinds of materials (metals, polymers, and ceramics, as well as composites and semiconductors), and account for their characteristics,
  • account for the relationship between the structure and mechanical properties of various materials,
  • manage Swedish as well as English basic terminology of relevance for this,
  • account for some historical milestones of importance for materials engineering and science,
  • describe some technological fields specifically targeted by the programme (i.e., surface and thin film technology, and advanced microsystems technology),
  • account for the importance of materials research and development to relevant companies in Sweden,
  • use the computer systems required in the initial courses of the programme, as well as know and apply the corresponding regulations and rules for use of the University IT systems.


Fundamental concepts, research and development, and industrial activities in the field of materials science and engineering. Guest lecturers, from both industry and the university, presenting recent fields of application and research. Study visit to companies and/or research divisions at the Ångström Laboratory. Information about later programme courses and their role for the programme. Introduction to the library and its services. The university's IT systems, and ethics in using them. The course evaluation system employed at the programme. Equal opportunities with respect to the Discrimination Act.


Lectures, study visits, computer exercises, laboratory session, minor project work in a group.


Written examination, as well as written and oral presentations (4 2,5 credits). Presentation of computer exercises (1 hp). Active participation in study visits, project work and laboratory session (1,5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

A revised version of the reading list is available.

Applies from: Spring 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Callister, William D.; Rethwisch, David G. Materials science and engineering : SI version

    9. ed.: New York: John Wiley, cop. 2015

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions