Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering


Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering introduces concepts of the different types of materials to the 1st year students of the Materials Engineering degree. Throughout the graduation course, these materials will be studied in detail.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria do Carmo Henriques Lança


Weekly - 3

Total - 48

Teaching language



Knowledge of  Physics, Chemistry and Maths fundamentals.


 - "Principles of Materials Science and Engineering", William F. Smith, McGraw-Hill International Editions, 1990.

- "The Science and Engineering of Materials", D.R. Askeland e P.P. Phulé, Thomson, 2003.

Teaching method

Theorical lectures (online).

Videos about the DCM Labs or important topics in Materials Science and Engineering. 

Attendance to online seminaries presented by DCM professors and by former students (now working in the industry).

Laboratory sessions.

Evaluation method

Continuous evaluation:

Mandatory attendance of lab classes and online seminaries.

1 mini-test (T);

4 quizzes (Q) - about the videos shown in online lectures (on the class day)

1 monography (M) - on a topic addressed on the seminars (and chosen by the teacher; due by Dec 7);

1 laboratory session report (RT) + discussion (D) = TP (report due by 17 Jan and discussion on 19 Jan).

To pass the course is needed to:

Mandatory submission of the monography and report and attendance of the discussion;

TP = 0.6 RT + 0.2 D + 0.2 Q score a mark equal or superior to 10 


Final Mark (FM) score a mark equal or superior to 10

FM = 0.35T + 0.3M + 0.35TP

In case the FM is less than 10, the student can take a final exam (E) and, in this case, to pass the course

FM = 0.35E + 0.3M + 0.35TP greater than or equal to 10 values.

Subject matter

  • Introduction: Importance of materials in the nowadays society;
  • Atomic structure and atomic bonding;
  • Fundamentals (optical, electrical, structural and chemical) of:
  • Metallic materials;
  • Ceramics;
  • Semiconductors;
  • Polymeric materials;
  • Composites;
  • Biomaterials.
  • Processing.
  • Selection.
  • Applications.


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