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ENGR-151 - Materials of Engineering - Patricia Foley

Course:Materials of Engineering
Professor:Patricia Foley
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Introduction to Materials of Engineering at College of the Canyons! I’m excited for the upcoming semester and hope to help the students in the class gain a deeper understanding of the chemistry that underlies the materials we use in the next 16 weeks. I care deeply about my students’ learning and will do my very best to create a great learning environment for you. In this letter, I’ve included important details about the class structure, learning outcomes, necessary materials, and class expectations. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me. (I typically respond to emails within 24 hrs).

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Course Description

This course presents the internal structures and resulting behaviors of materials used in engineering applications, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors. The emphasis is upon developing the ability both to select appropriate materials to meet engineering design criteria and to understand the effects of heat, stress, imperfections, and chemical environments upon material properties and performance. Includes the properties of materials as related to atomic and crystal structure. [3 units CSU, UC transferable]. Prerequisites: CHEM 201 or CHEM 201H and PHYS 220

This course is a co-requisite for the Materials of Engineering Lab course, ENGR 151L. In the lab course, students directly observe the structures and behaviors discussed in ENGR 151. Students that need the laboratory component must enroll in the two courses separately.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is a hybrid course. It will have an online, asynchronous component that is organized into 14 weekly modules. Each module will contain several short readings, short videos, and formative Canvas quizzes. In addition, we will meet as a class once a week to discuss the introduce each week’s module and to complete a short in-class worksheet.

This is a 3-credit class, so you should plan to spend at least 9 hours per week working on class-related work.

Types of Assessments

In this course, learning will be assessed through examinations (37.5%), lecture modules (27.5%), in-class worksheets (22.5%), and an end-of-semester design project (12.5%). Examinations will be administered during class time and will be closed-book.

Textbook Information

  1. Text: In this class we’ll use Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction (10th Ed), by Callister and Rethwisch (ISBN 13: 978 111 972 1772). A loose-leaf copy of the text can be purchased in the bookstore for $140.  
  2. Scientific Calculator: Students must bring a scientific calculator capable of exponential and log functions to class meetings.

Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory, and students that do not attend will be dropped from the roster. Waitlisted students that attend the first meeting will be added in the order they appear on the waitlist if space becomes available.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 01/18/2023 Sub#: 1535