Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Introduction to complex materials Code 730495001
Study programme
Mestrado Universitario en Materiais Complexos: Análise Térmica e Reoloxía (plan 2012)
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Official Master's Degree 2nd four-month period
First Obligatory 3
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Química
Castro Garcia, Socorro
Castro Garcia, Socorro
Señaris Rodriguez, Maria Antonia
General description Introducción a los materiales complejos es una materia obligatoria de segundo cuatrimestre. Esta asignatura, de carácter claramente interdisciplinar, pretende dar una visión general de los materiales complejos y avanzados: metales, aleaciones, cerámicas, cristales líquidos,MOFs, polímeros, nanomateriales,
Introduction to complex materials is a compulsory subject of the Master 2nd four-month period. The aims of this interdisciplinary subject is to provide a general overview of the different types of complex and advanced materials: metals and alloys, ceramics, liquid crystals, MOFs, polymers, nanomaterials, etc.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A2 Identify and evaluate the different types of complex materials
A5 Understanding the relationships between structure and properties of materials
B2 The students have the skill to apply their knowledge and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar contexts within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study
B4 That the students can communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and last reasons behind that conclusions to specialized and non specialized audience in a clear and unambiguous way
B8 Applying a critical, logical and creative way of thinking
B13 Analysis-oriented attitude
B14 Ability to find and manage the information
B17 Analyze and decompose processes
C2 Have a good command of spoken and writing expression and understanding of a foreign language.
C7 To assume as a professional and citizen the importance of learning throughout life.
C8 To assess the importance of research, innovation and technological development in the socio-economic and cultural progress of society.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
To know the structure and properties of complex materials AR2
To understand structure-properties relationships AR5

Topic Sub-topic
General overview of complex and advanced materials:
- metals and alloys
- ceramics
- polymers
- liquid crystals
- MOFs
- nanomaterials, etc

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Supervised projects A2 A5 B2 B4 B8 B13 B14 B17 C2 C7 C8 15 25 40
Objective test A2 A5 B2 B4 B8 B13 B17 C2 2 0 2
Guest lecture / keynote speech A2 A5 B8 B13 C2 C7 C8 12 20 32
Personalized attention 1 0 1
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Supervised projects Activities whose purpose is that the students enlarge the study of the topics presented in each theme and consolidate their acquired knowledge and capabilities. These activities should aslo help the students learn and improve their capabilities in literature survey.
Objective test Final exam, at the end of the course, that will help evaluation of the knowledge, competencies and global vision about materials acquired by the students.
Guest lecture / keynote speech Presentation made by the teacher, on a schematic basis, focusing on the main topics of each theme and covering both theoretical and practical issues.

Personalized attention
Supervised projects
Objective test
Guest lecture / keynote speech
The personalized attention to students, understood as a support in the teaching-learning process, will take place in the hours of tutoring of the teacher.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Supervised projects A2 A5 B2 B4 B8 B13 B14 B17 C2 C7 C8 Presentation (oral and written) of the tutored work. 60
Objective test A2 A5 B2 B4 B8 B13 B17 C2 Examination or objective test. 40
Assessment comments

Sources of information

W.D. CALLISTER , D.G. Rethwish . Materials Science and Engineering, 8th Ed. John Wiely  and Sons, New Jersey (2011)

J.F.. SHACKELFORD . Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers,7th Ed.  Prentice Hall, San Francisco (2009)


A.R. WEST (1992). Solid State Chemistry and its Applications. Chichester, John Wiley and Sons
L.E. SMART, E.A. MOORE (2005). Solid State Chemistry. Boca Raton, Taylor and Francis
W.F. SMITH (1998). Fundamentos de la Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales . Madrid, McGraw-Hill
J.C. ANDERSON (1990). Materials Science. Londres, Chapman and Hall
G. CAO (2004) Nanostructures and Nanomaterials. Imperial College Press, London

Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.