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MM4CRM Conservation and Recycling of Materials
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Third and fourth year Engineering and Science students. NOTE: Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take any relevant examinations for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge concerning the sources of materials, their extraction, processing and uses as satified for example by MM1IMF or equivalent

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will develop an appreciation of the world resources of materials, and of the factors affecting their patterns of consumption. The economics and technologies of waste disposal and of materials recycling will be examined in relation to the value to be gained by recycling. Module Web Links:
  • Moodle
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of case study.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 70 2 hour exam 
    Coursework 1 30 Case study (short written report) 

    Dr J Mckechnie

    Education Aims:  To provide an appreciation of the world’s materials resources and the value to be gained from conserving them. To show that the design of artifacts and assemblies can be adapted to lower environmental impact and to enable students to carry out a holistic critique of the various end of life options and fully appreciate their respective advantages and issues.

    Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 – To recognize the importance of materials resources and the need to conserve them.

  • LO2 – To discriminate between the similarities and differences associated with the conservation of the key classes of industrial materials.

  • LO3 – To evaluate the suitability of the available disposal channels for a given waste stream.

  • LO4 – To appreciate the importance of design and materials selection to the overall environmental burden of a product.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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