Courses

Course lists and descriptions

2nd-year

Course Title Description Credits
MTRL 201 Technical Communication Written and oral communication in engineering. Report preparation, business correspondence, and oral presentation of technical material. 3
APSC 278 Engineering Materials Atomic bonding; crystal structures and imperfections; properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, wood, concrete and fibre composite materials; selection of materials; corrosion; mechanical testing and heat treatment. 3
APSC 279 Engineering Materials Laboratory Atomic bonding; crystal structures and imperfections; properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, wood, concrete and fibre composite materials; selection of materials; corrosion; mechanical testing and heat treatment. 1
MATH 253 Multivariable Calculus Partial and directional derivatives; maxima and minima; Lagrange multipliers and second derivative test; multiple integrals and applications. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414. 3
MATH 255 Ordinary Differential Equations Review of linear systems; nonlinear equations and applications; phase plane analysis; Laplace transforms; numerical methods. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414. 3
MECH 260 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials Statically determinate frames and trusses; normal and shear stresses and strains; shear force and bending moment diagrams; theory of beam bending, torsion of circular rods; transformation of stress and strain in two and three dimensions, Mohr’s circle; yield and ultimate failure criteria. 3
MTRL 250 Metallurgical Thermodynamics I Thermodynamic and electrochemical principles applied to metallurgical processes; phase rule, heat of reaction, free energy, activity, thermodynamic equilibrium; thermodynamics of aqueous solutions. 4
MTRL 252 Pyrometallurgy Process flow sheets for ferrous and non-ferrous metal extraction; mass and energy conservation; roasting and smelting; refractory properties. 4
MTRL 263 Transport Phenomena I Fluid Mechanics; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layers; flow in conduits and fluidized beds; flow measurements. Heat transfer; conduction through solids. 3
MTRL 264 Transport Phenomena II

Conduction, forced and natural convection, and radiation. Heat transfer with fluid flow, applications of heat exchange, and solidification of castings.

3
MTRL 280 Materials in Design The process of materials selection for different design criteria; the importance of shape and processing variables; the use of computer software in the selection process. 3
Complementary Studies electives 6

3rd-year

Course Title Description Credits
MTRL 340 Manufacturing in Materials Engineering Manufacturing processes from a materials perspective; metal casting, heat treating processes, forming processes, machining and joining. Role of manufacturing in microstructure and material properties development and on component performance. 3
MTRL 350 Metallurgical Thermodynamics II The application of thermodynamics to metallurgical processes: thermochemistry of gas mixtures, solution thermochemistry, inter-action parameters, chemical potential and free energy diagrams applied to metallurgical processes and thermodynamic modelling. 4
MTRL 358 Hydrometallurgy I Aqueous extraction of metals from ores and concentrates. 3
MTRL 359 Hydrometallurgy I Laboratory Laboratory exercises on aqueous extraction of metals from ores and concentrates. 1
MTRL 361 Modelling of Materials Processes Mathematical and physical modelling of processes employed in the production of materials. The application of models to analyse, design and improve materials production. 4
MTRL 363 Transport Phenomena III Diffusion and mass transfer with chemical reaction; gas-liquid, gas-solid and liquid-liquid systems; analysis of mass transfer processes in metallurgical operations; mixing in continuous and batch processes. 3
MTRL 365 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Polycrystalline and single crystal deformation; dislocation theory; strengthening mechanisms; fracture mechanics; fatigue; high temperature deformation mechanisms. 3
MTRL 378 Phase Transformations Solidification and solid state transformations; nucleation and growth processes; segregation and structure in castings; phase changes in steel; transformation diagrams; diffusion equations. 3
MTRL 381 Structure and Properties Laboratory Structure and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals; heat treatment; hardenability; metallography; age hardening. 1
MTRL 382 Ceramics Fundamentals of engineering ceramics focusing on raw materials, forming, sintering and properties, characterization, and design with ceramics. 4
MTRL 392 Engineering Technical Communication Written and oral technical communication. Report preparation and oral presentation of technical information. 2
MTRL 394 Polymers and Polymer Matrix Composites The structure and properties of polymeric materials, reinforced polymers and polymer matrix composites with emphasis on their engineering properties and applications. 4
MTRL 398 Engineering Written Communication Written communication in engineering. Reporting of technical material. 1
STAT 251 Elementary Statistics 3

4th-year

Course Title Description Credits
APSC 450 Professional Engineering Practice Legislation affecting the practice of engineering; ethical principles and responsibilities. Management of engineering enterprises; labour relations, safety and environmental legislation. Restricted to engineering undergraduate students in the final year of their program. 2
MTRL 455 Economic Aspects of Materials Engineering Time value of money, cash flows, capital and operating cost estimation, financial decision making and relevant case studies. 3
MTRL 456 Environmental Degradation of Materials Fundamental aspects of environmental degradation of metals (corrosion), ceramics, adn polymers, with an empasis on aqueous environments. 3
MTRL 460 Monitoring and Optimization of Materials Processing Measurement systems for materials processing and evaluation, methods of data collection and analysis in materials engineering, materials processing monitoring and control, design of experiments for materials processing and optimization. 3
MTRL 466 Engineering Project I Design projects to illustrate the full spectrum of design encountered in Metals and Materials Engineering including the design of components, structures and processes used to manufacture materials. 3
MTRL 467 Engineering Project II Design projects to illustrate the full spectrum of design encountered in Metals and Materials Engineering including the design of components, structures and processes used to manufacture materials. 3
MTRL 489 Seminar III Training and practice in public speaking and presentation of technical papers. 1
Technical electives* 21

Subject to change.

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4th-year streams

Materials Manufacturing and Performance

Course Title Description
MTRL 442 Coatings and surface modifications Strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451 Microstructural Analysis Laboratory Basic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 471 Nanofibre technology Introduction to nanomaterials in the form of fibres and composites, including processing, structure, characterization methods, properties, and modeling. Credit will only be given for one of MTRL 471 or MTRL 571.
MTRL 472 Welding and joining of materials Case studies addressing temperature modelling in welding and joining, material selection for welds and joints, calculation of properties for welds and joints, mechanical analysis of joints, and design of welding and joining procedures.
MTRL 475 Microstructure Engineering Follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 478 Electronic Materials Materials and physics aspects of semiconductor, optical and magnetic devices: energy bandstructure, crystal structure, crystal defects and impurity effects, relationship of material characteristics and physical properties; production of electronic materials and devices: single crystal growth, epitaxy, metallization, ion implantation, lithography and etching; characterization techniques: X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence.
MTRL 485 Failure of Materials Failure by excess deformation, fracture, fatigue, and environmental effects. Failure theories and case studies of engineering failures.
MTRL 494 Composite Materials Understanding the properties and the mechanical behaviour of composite materials with emphasis on analysis, design, and manufacturing. Credit will only be given for one of MTRL 494, 594.

Minerals and Metals Extraction

Course Title Description
MINE 331 Physical mineral processes Mineral processing unit operations and sampling, crushing, grinding, screening, classification, gravity separation, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation, concentrate dewatering practices.
CHBE 455 Reactor design Kinetics of homogeneous chemical and biological reactions, isothermal ideal reactor design, analysis of non-ideal reactors using residence time distribution and mixing models.
MTRL 442 Coatings and surface modifications Strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MINE 434 Processing precious metal ores Process alternatives and mineralogical considerations; physical and chemical recovery technologies; environmental protection; flowsheet studies.
MTRL 458 Hydrometallurgy II Leaching, purification, precipitation, regeneration; thermodynamics and kinetics of separation steps; electrochemical applications.
MTRL 475 Microstructure Engineering Follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MINE 333 Flotation Theory and technology of flotation and ancillary processes.

Biomaterials Engineering

Course Title Description
BMEG 452 Biomedical equipment, physiology and anatomy Principles and operation of biomedical equipment for cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal dialysis, endoscopy, surgery, and imaging. Functional relationships of biomedical equipment to physiology and anatomy of major body systems. Restricted to students in EECE and MECH Biomedical Engineering options. Credit is given for one of BMEG 452 or 530.
BMEG 456 Clinical and industrial biomedical engineering Principles of clinical practice, Canadian healthcare system, medical approach to diagnosis, ethics and regulations for clinical trials, medical technology management, medical device development and standards, biostatistics. Restricted to students in EECE and MECH Biomedical Engineering options. Credit will be granted for only one of APSC 456, APSC 556, BMEG 456, or BMEG 556.
MTRL 442 Coatings and surface modifications Strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451 Microstructural Analysis Laboratory Basic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 471 Nanofibre technology Introduction to nanomaterials in the form of fibres and composites, including processing, structure, characterization methods, properties, and modeling. Credit will only be given for one of MTRL 471 or MTRL 571.
MTRL 475 Microstructure Engineering Follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 495 Biomaterials Engineered materials in medical applications with an emphasis on material properties, functionality, design, and material response in the biological environment.

You will take at least 4 of the recommended courses for the stream you have chosen. Beyond these 4 courses (12 credits) you will take an additional 3 courses (9 credits) for a total of 21 credits. These 9 credits could be from the remaining recommended courses for your stream or any 9 credits from the list in the section “Eligible technical electives”.

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4th-year eligible technical electives

If you choose not to take all 7 courses from the recommended list in the stream you selected, you can take courses from the list below for a maximum of (9 credits). Please note that not all course will be available each year.

MTRL Courses

Course Title Description
MTRL 442 Coatings and surface modification Strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451 Microstructural Analysis Laboratory Basic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 458 Hydrometallurgy II Leaching, purification, precipitation, regeneration; thermodynamics and kinetics of separation steps; electrochemical applications.
MTRL 471 Nanofibre technology Introduction to nanomaterials in the form of fibres and composites, including processing, structure, characterization methods, properties, and modeling. Credit will only be given for one of MTRL 471 or MTRL 571.
MTRL 472 Welding and joining of materials Case studies addressing temperature modelling in welding and joining, material selection for welds and joints, calculation of properties for welds and joints, mechanical analysis of joints, and design of welding and joining procedures.
MTRL 475 Microstructure Engineering Follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 478 Electronic Materials Materials and physics aspects of semiconductor, optical and magnetic devices: energy bandstructure, crystal structure, crystal defects and impurity effects, relationship of material characteristics and physical properties; production of electronic materials and devices: single crystal growth, epitaxy, metallization, ion implantation, lithography and etching; characterization techniques: X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence.
MTRL 485 Failure of Materials Failure by excess deformation, fracture, fatigue, and environmental effects. Failure theories and case studies of engineering failures.
MTRL 486 Nondestructive Evaluation Principles of test methods; inspection techniques and equipment; quantitative flaw evaluation; reliability analysis.
MTRL 494 Composite Materials Understanding the properties and the mechanical behaviour of composite materials with emphasis on analysis, design, and manufacturing. Credit will only be given for one of MTRL 494, 594.
MTRL 495 Biomaterials Engineered materials in medical applications with an emphasis on material properties, functionality, design, and material response in the biological environment.

CHBE Courses

Course Title Description
CHBE 357 Interfacial Phenomena Outline of the physics and chemistry of interfaces; discussion of the part played by surface effects in technical processes.
CHBE 381 Bioprocess Engineering I Bioprocess flowsheeting; production-scale fermenter design; product recovery and purification; bioseparations; chromatography; viral inactivation and removal; process validation.
CHBE 401 Mechanical Pulping and Papermaking Process and unit operations in mechanical pulping and papermaking, emphasizing principles and practice of refining, screening, cleaning, papermaking and properties of paper products, key economic and environmental issues.
CHBE 455 Reactor design Kinetics of homogeneous chemical and biological reactions, isothermal ideal reactor design, analysis of non-ideal reactors using residence time distribution and mixing models.
CHBE 477 Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Engineering Stoichiometry, thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode reactions; conductivity and mass transport in electrolytes; material, energy and voltage balances; design of electrosynthesis, electrorecovery of metals, and energy generation of batteries and fuel cells.
CHBE 481 Bioprocess Engineering II Design of industrial bioreactor systems: organism selection; kinetics of microbial processes and enzyme reactions; design and modeling of single and multi-stage bioreactors.
CHBE 485 Air Pollution Prevention and Control IGENImpacts of air pollutants on health, visibility, smog formation, ozone depletion and global warming; air quality and emission standards; atmospheric dispersion of air pollutants; prevention and control technologies for particulates, SOx, NOx, VOCs, and CO2.

IGEN Courses*

Course Title Description
IGEN 450 Pipeline Engineering  Pipeline materials and material selection; fracture mechanics; manufacturing and processing; welding and corrosion; soil-pipe interactions; surveying and site investigations; slope stability; natural hazards; pipeline loads and response.  
IGEN 451 Pipeline Systems and Infrastructure

Energy infrastructure; pipe flows; equipment & facilities including compressors, pumping stations, coolers and controls; terminals; pipeline integrity; corrosion control.

IGEN 452  Pipeline Engineering Design

Pipeline and pipeline system design reflecting environmental, community, social, professional, economic and business considerations; public awareness and communications; stakeholder interactions; decision making; design project.

*NOTE: only 2 of the above 3 courses will be allowed to count towards technical electives

MECH Courses

Course Title Description
MECH 360 Mechanics of Materials Beam deflections, singularity functions; use of tabulated solutions; column buckling; Castigliano’s theorem, statically indeterminate beams, bending of beams with asymmetric cross-sections, shear centre; principal stresses and stress invariants in three dimensions.
MECH 435 Orthopaedic Biomechanics Musculoskeletal anatomy. Muscle and joint loads. Muscle mechanics. Musculoskeletal dynamics. Gait. Tissue mechanics of tendon, ligament, articular cartilage, and bone. Biomaterials. Application examples in orthopaedics including joint replacement and fracture fixation.
MECH 436 Fundamentals of Injury Biomechanics Introduction to injury biomechanics. Anatomy. Impact experiments. Multi-body dynamic simulation and finite element analysis. Skull, face, brain, spine, eye, pelvis, abdomen, and extremity injury. Anthropomorphic test devices, seat belts, airbags, child restraints, and helmets. Credit cannot be obtained for both MECH 436 and MECH 536.
MECH 462 Finite Element Analysis Theory and element selection. Virtual work and weighted residual formulation. Linear elastic analysis. Heat transfer analysis. Isoparametic elements. Development of computer programs for simple problems. Utilization of existing computer packages. Application to mechanical engineering problems.
MECH 485 Aircraft Design: Structures Development of aircraft wing structure, moments of inertia for complex shapes, crippling loads, shear lag.

 

MINE Courses

Course Title Description
MINE 303 Rock Mechanics Fundamentals The study of the mechanical and structural properties of rock materials at the laboratory and field level. The relevance of such studies to common mining, geological and civil engineering problems. Credit given for only one of MMPE/MINE 303 or MMPE/MINE 305.
MINE 331 Physical Mineral Processes Mineral processing unit operations and sampling, crushing, grinding, screening, classification, gravity separation, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation, concentrate dewatering practices.
MINE 333 Flotation Theory and technology of flotation and ancillary processes.
MINE 404 Mine Management Human relations in an organization; types of organizations; personnel evaluations and job rating systems; impact of manpower planning on decision-making; union negotiations; public relations; dealing with the media; corporate responsibilities to society and employees.
MINE 434 Processing Precious Metal Ores Process alternatives and mineralogical considerations; physical and chemical recovery technologies; environmental protection; flowsheet studies.
MINE 482 Maintenance Engineering Analytical foundation for maintenance of industrial plant equipment and mobile equipment in various production environments; maintenance planning and management, life cycle analysis, reliability theory, total quality maintenance, condition monitoring.
MINE 486 Mining and the Environment Environmental topics of importance to engineers practicing within the mining, metallurgical and related industries including technical practices, regulatory and public issues.

APSC Courses

Course Title Description
APSC 440 Management Fundamentals Management topics are presented from the perspective of technology-based industrial practice; project management, marketing and marketing planning, product development and commercialization, introduction to quality management, teamwork and effective individual participation.
APSC 486 New Venture Design Teams comprising students in APSC 486 and COMM 486 create a business plan and a prototype or engineering solution of a novel product, process, or process component.
APSC 498 Directed studies

All courses subject to change.