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): 09 Jan 2023 to 14 Apr 2023

    Venue: Online

    Registration is closed.

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.

Standard Course Fee: S$2,527.34

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes
Cat-A SSG Funded CoursesS$758.20
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) S$285.80
Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)S$285.80
  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST.
  • SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset course fees payable. Click here for more information.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information. 
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    CET849 History of Materials1
    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.