Course lists and descriptions

Second Year

CourseTitleDescriptionCredits
MTRL 201Technical CommunicationWritten and oral communication in engineering. Report preparation, business correspondence, and oral presentation of technical material.3
APSC 278Engineering MaterialsAtomic 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 279Engineering Materials LaboratoryAtomic 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 253Multivariable CalculusPartial 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 255Ordinary Differential EquationsReview 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 260Introduction to Mechanics of MaterialsStatically 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 250Metallurgical Thermodynamics IThermodynamic and electrochemical principles applied to metallurgical processes; phase rule, heat of reaction, free energy, activity, thermodynamic equilibrium; thermodynamics of aqueous solutions.4
MTRL 252PyrometallurgyProcess flow sheets for ferrous and non-ferrous metal extraction; mass and energy conservation; roasting and smelting; refractory properties.4
MTRL 263Transport Phenomena IFluid Mechanics; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layers; flow in conduits and fluidized beds; flow measurements. Heat transfer; conduction through solids.3
MTRL 264Transport Phenomena IIConduction, forced and natural convection, and radiation. Heat transfer with fluid flow, applications of heat exchange, and solidification of castings.3
MTRL 280Materials in DesignThe 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 electives6

Third Year

CourseTitleDescriptionCredits
MTRL 340Manufacturing in Materials EngineeringManufacturing 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 350Metallurgical Thermodynamics IIThe 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 358Hydrometallurgy IAqueous extraction of metals from ores and concentrates.3
MTRL 359Hydrometallurgy I LaboratoryLaboratory exercises on aqueous extraction of metals from ores and concentrates.1
MTRL 361Modelling of Materials ProcessesMathematical and physical modelling of processes employed in the production of materials. The application of models to analyse, design and improve materials production.4
MTRL 363Transport Phenomena IIIDiffusion 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 365Mechanical Behaviour of MaterialsPolycrystalline and single crystal deformation; dislocation theory; strengthening mechanisms; fracture mechanics; fatigue; high temperature deformation mechanisms.3
MTRL 378Phase TransformationsSolidification and solid state transformations; nucleation and growth processes; segregation and structure in castings; phase changes in steel; transformation diagrams; diffusion equations.3
MTRL 381Structure and Properties LaboratoryStructure and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals; heat treatment; hardenability; metallography; age hardening.1
MTRL 382CeramicsFundamentals of engineering ceramics focusing on raw materials, forming, sintering and properties, characterization, and design with ceramics.4
MTRL 392Engineering Technical CommunicationWritten and oral technical communication. Report preparation and oral presentation of technical information.2
MTRL 394Polymers and Polymer Matrix CompositesThe structure and properties of polymeric materials, reinforced polymers and polymer matrix composites with emphasis on their engineering properties and applications.4
MTRL 398Engineering Written CommunicationWritten communication in engineering. Reporting of technical material.1
STAT 251Elementary Statistics3

Fourth Year

CourseTitleDescriptionCredits
APSC 450Professional Engineering PracticeLegislation 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 455Economic Aspects of Materials EngineeringTime value of money, cash flows, capital and operating cost estimation, financial decision making and relevant case studies.3
MTRL 456Environmental Degradation of MaterialsFundamental aspects of environmental degradation of metals (corrosion), ceramics, adn polymers, with an empasis on aqueous environments.3
MTRL 460Monitoring and Optimization of Materials ProcessingMeasurement 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 466Engineering Project IDesign 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 467Engineering Project IIDesign 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 489Seminar IIITraining 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

CourseTitleDescription
MTRL 442Coatings and surface modificationsStrategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451Microstructural Analysis LaboratoryBasic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 471Nanofibre technologyIntroduction 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 472Welding and joining of materialsCase 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 475Microstructure EngineeringFollows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 478Electronic MaterialsMaterials 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 485Failure of MaterialsFailure by excess deformation, fracture, fatigue, and environmental effects. Failure theories and case studies of engineering failures.
MTRL 494Composite MaterialsUnderstanding 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

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

Biomaterials Engineering

CourseTitleDescription
BMEG 452Biomedical equipment, physiology and anatomyPrinciples 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 456Clinical and industrial biomedical engineeringPrinciples 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 442Coatings and surface modificationsStrategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451Microstructural Analysis LaboratoryBasic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 471Nanofibre technologyIntroduction 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 475Microstructure EngineeringFollows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 495BiomaterialsEngineered 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

CourseTitleDescription
MTRL 442Coatings and surface modificationStrategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.
MTRL 451Microstructural Analysis LaboratoryBasic principles and techniques of microstructural analysis with particular reference to engineered materials including x-ray, SEM microprobe TEM and high energy electron analysis.
MTRL 458Hydrometallurgy IILeaching, purification, precipitation, regeneration; thermodynamics and kinetics of separation steps; electrochemical applications.
MTRL 471Nanofibre technologyIntroduction 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 472Welding and joining of materialsCase 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 475Microstructure EngineeringFollows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization, and precipitation.
MTRL 478Electronic MaterialsMaterials 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 485Failure of MaterialsFailure by excess deformation, fracture, fatigue, and environmental effects. Failure theories and case studies of engineering failures.
MTRL 486Nondestructive EvaluationPrinciples of test methods; inspection techniques and equipment; quantitative flaw evaluation; reliability analysis.
MTRL 494Composite MaterialsUnderstanding 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 495BiomaterialsEngineered materials in medical applications with an emphasis on material properties, functionality, design, and material response in the biological environment.

CHBE Courses

CourseTitleDescription
CHBE 357Interfacial PhenomenaOutline of the physics and chemistry of interfaces; discussion of the part played by surface effects in technical processes.
CHBE 381Bioprocess Engineering IBioprocess flowsheeting; production-scale fermenter design; product recovery and purification; bioseparations; chromatography; viral inactivation and removal; process validation.
CHBE 401Mechanical Pulping and PapermakingProcess 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 455Reactor designKinetics of homogeneous chemical and biological reactions, isothermal ideal reactor design, analysis of non-ideal reactors using residence time distribution and mixing models.
CHBE 477Fuel Cell and Electrochemical EngineeringStoichiometry, 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 481Bioprocess Engineering IIDesign of industrial bioreactor systems: organism selection; kinetics of microbial processes and enzyme reactions; design and modeling of single and multi-stage bioreactors.
CHBE 485Air Pollution Prevention and ControlIGEN impacts 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

CourseTitleDescription
IGEN 450Pipeline 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 451Pipeline Systems and InfrastructureEnergy infrastructure; pipe flows; equipment & facilities including compressors, pumping stations, coolers and controls; terminals; pipeline integrity; corrosion control.
IGEN 452 Pipeline Engineering DesignPipeline and pipeline system design reflecting environmental, community, social, professional, economic and business considerations; public awareness and communications; stakeholder interactions; decision making; design project.

MECH Courses

CourseTitleDescription
MECH 360Mechanics of MaterialsBeam 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 435Orthopaedic BiomechanicsMusculoskeletal 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 436Fundamentals of Injury BiomechanicsIntroduction 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 462Finite Element AnalysisTheory 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 485Aircraft Design: StructuresDevelopment of aircraft wing structure, moments of inertia for complex shapes, crippling loads, shear lag.

MINE Courses

CourseTitleDescription
MINE 303Rock Mechanics FundamentalsThe 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 331Physical Mineral ProcessesMineral processing unit operations and sampling, crushing, grinding, screening, classification, gravity separation, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation, concentrate dewatering practices.
MINE 333FlotationTheory and technology of flotation and ancillary processes.
MINE 404Mine ManagementHuman 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 434Processing Precious Metal OresProcess alternatives and mineralogical considerations; physical and chemical recovery technologies; environmental protection; flowsheet studies.
MINE 482Maintenance EngineeringAnalytical 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 486Mining and the EnvironmentEnvironmental topics of importance to engineers practicing within the mining, metallurgical and related industries including technical practices, regulatory and public issues.

APSC Courses

CourseTitleDescription
APSC 440Management FundamentalsManagement 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 486New Venture DesignTeams 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 498Directed studies

All courses subject to change.

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