CET852 Properties of Materials

Course Provider

School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)



Academic Unit



This course provides an overall perspective of the important materials properties, namely, mechanical, optical, magnetic and electrical properties.  The concept of each of these properties and the characterization method will be introduced.

The aim of this course is to introduce central concepts in the properties of materials that will underpin the program. This will form a solid platform for engineers to launch into higher level courses that utilize material properties in designing structures, devices and systems. 

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization

- FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 15 Jan 2024 to 19 Apr 2024

    Venue: NTU Virtual Learning Enviroment

    Registration Closing Date: 11 Dec 2023

At the end of the course, learners  are able to:

1. Choose standard experiments to measure specific properties.

2. Recommend materials for specific applications.

3. Explain the reasons for a material to exhibit certain properties and suggest methodology to improve them.

Topics covered:

This course will cover mechanical, thermal, optical, magnetic and electric properties. The following topics will be studied.

1. Elastic, hardness, fracture, fatigue of materials.

2. Understand light interaction with solids and its effects on refraction, reflection, absorption, transmission and others.

3. Understand different sources of magnetic moments. Understand the nature and sources of different magnetic phenomena.

4. Understand the electron band structure for solid materials, charge storing capacity, ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity

This course is conducted in asynchronous e-learning.

Suitable for professionals working in engineering, Quality Control, Failure Analysis, Manufacturing and R&D.

Brief screening/shortlist of applicants involved in this course.

Standard Course Fee: S$2,550.96

SSG Funding Support

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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CET777 Thermal Analysis1
CET778 Surface Analysis1
CET850 Chemical Analysis of Materials 11
CET851 Chemical Analysis of Materials 21
CET853 Advanced Methods in Polymer Molecular Characterization in Solution1
CET854 Advanced Methods in Polymer Characterization in the Melt and Solid States1
CET855 The Characterization Challenge of Polymers with Environmental Impact1
CET856 Principles and Applications of Solid-State NMR3
CET785 Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy2
CET786 Advanced Characterization using TEM Techniques2
CET772 Principles and Adaptation2
CET773 Variation and Nonstoichiometry2

Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization (total 15AUs).
  • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.