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Code MAT 408
Term 201901
Title Introduction to Ceramics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Mehmet Ali Gulgun,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
MAT204 ENS205 ENS202 MAT308
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,One-to-one tutorial
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning

The course is a series of introductory level lectures describing the types of ceramic materials ranging from oxide carbides. The crystalline structure of common ceramics and the amorphous nature of glass will be introduced. Surfaces, interfaces, grain boundaries and other structural imperfections in ceramics will be discussed Microstructural development will be treated in the light of ceramic phase diagrams, phase transformations, and chemical reactions with and between solids, grain growth, sintering and vitrification.Thermal, optical, mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of different ceramics will be discussed.


A first course in Ceramics. Structure and properties of ceramics, defects and their utilization in applications, mocristructures and their relationship to properties

Learning Outcome

Describe the structure of (perfect) standard crystalline materials and amorphous materials both qualitatively and quantitatively
Describe the defect type and concentration in a real crystal using Kroeger-Vink notation in defect equilibria equations
Summarize the mobility of defects with variation in temperature and pressure using Brouwer Diagrams
Relate the structure of inorganic materials to their physical properties and vice versa

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 3
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 2
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 2
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 5
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Midterm 70
Exam 30
Recommended or Required Reading

Physical ceramics: principles for ceramic science and engineering / Yet-ming Chiang, Dunbar P. Birnie III, W. David Kingery, New York : J. Wiley, c1997.