University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Science (Hons)/Master of Nanotechnology

Course code/s: SZHSMN

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code SZHSMN
Course coordinator Dr David Hoxley
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 093135D
Course duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 600 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes  

Course description

Nanotechnology aims to understand and exploit the science of the very small. It covers a wide range of areas including semiconductors, biotechnology, medicine, and energy policy. Nanotechnology provides sophisticated sensors for the sensitive detection of chemicals at low concentrations with applications to biological, environmental and medical systems.

At second year students select one of the following specialised streams of study:

  • nanostructured materials stream
  • bionanotechnology stream
  • physics at the nanoscale stream

This combined degree program is offered by the School of Molecular Sciences, and enables completion of a Masters-level nanotechnology degree in combination with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree focused on the disciplines that underpin nanotechnology. It provides nanotechnology students with a direct path from first year through to a Masters-level qualification. Graduates with qualifying grades will be eligible for entry into a PhD in a relevant discipline area at La Trobe University.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Produce grammatically correct written scientific reports and seminar responses that present coherent evidence-based explanations to communicate to peers, scientific and non-scientific audience consistent with  professional standards.
Discuss and appraise scientific issues with and present scientific findings to peers and scientists, consistent with professional standards.
Analyse, evaluate and critically appraise numerical data and compute basic mathematical calculations and graphic representations to interpret scientific data for professional practice consistent with professional standards.
Develop independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information to generate scientific reports consistent with  professional standards.
Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesise scientific information, formulate hypotheses, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas consistent with professional standards.
Analyse using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualising scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems consistent with the faculty and professional standards.
Employ academic integrity and scientific rigour in conducting and evaluating scientific research, and managing self in professional practice consistent with professional standards.
Apply the fundamental theories and concepts of nanotechnology to solve problems related to the physical world.

Course structure

This double degree is of five years’ full-time or equivalent part-time duration and requires the completion of 600 credit points overall.

First year

First year (120 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online) * LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Physics A PHY1SCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Number Systems and Linear Algebra MAT1NLA 15
TE-SEM-1 General Principles of Chemistry CHE1GEN 15
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15
TE-SEM-2 Calculus and Differential Equations MAT1CDE 15
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Physics B PHY1SCB 15
TE-SEM-2 Introduction to Nanoscience NAN1NAN 15

Key: *LTU0AIM (formerly SCI1AIM) is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Fundamentals of Chemistry A CHE2FCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH2IBM 15
TE-SEM-1 Vector Calculus MAT2VCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Classical Physics PHY2CLP 15
TE-SEM-2 Fundamentals of Chemistry B CHE2FCB 15
TE-SEM-2 Nanomaterials Characterisation PHY2MAC 15
TE-SEM-2 Linear Algebra MAT2LAL 15
  Students select one of the following subjects:    
TE-SEM-2 Forensic and analytical chemistry CHE2NAC 15
TE-SEM-2 Mechanics MAT2MEC 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)

Core

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Quantum Optics PHY3QMO 15
TE-SEM-1 Synchrotron Science and Technology PHY3SYN 15
TE-SEM-2 Modern Physics PHY2MOD 15
TE-SEM-2 Physics Senior Laboratory PHY3LAB 15
  Students select subjects from their chosen stream of study as listed below:    
Bionanotechnology stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry and Systems Biology BCH3BSB 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH3AAB 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Cell Biology BCH3ATB 15
  Plus one of the following two subjects:    
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Biochemistry and Medical Biology Laboratory Course MED3LAB 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Biochemistry and Medical Biology Internship MED3PRJ 15
Nanostructured materials stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Chemistry A CHE3ADA 30
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Chemistry B CHE3ADB 30
Physics at the nanoscale stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Complex Analysis MAT3CZ 15
TE-SEM-1 Computation and Simulation STM3CS 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Calculus and Curvature MAT3AC 15
TE-SEM-2 Students choose an elective worth 15 credit points from any discipline    

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points) 

Core

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Physics of Quantum Matter PHY5PQA 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Nanomaterials and Fabrication PHY5NFA 15
TE-SEM-1 Scientific Communication Skills BIO5SCS 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory and Plasma Physics PHY5EPA 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Sensors and Devices CHE5SEA 15
  Students select subjects from their chosen stream of study as listed below:    
Bionanotechnology stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Mesoscopic Nanoscience PHY4MES 15
TE-SEM-2 Bioinformatics BIO5INF 15
  Students choose an elective worth 15 credit points from the following list:    
TE-WK-26-33 Nanotechnology Study Tour NAN3NST 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Physics Project PHY5PRJ 15
TE-SEM-2 Directed Study in Physics PHY5DIR 15
Nanostructured materials stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Mesoscopic Nanoscience PHY4MES 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Physics Laboratory PHY5LAB 15
  Students choose an elective worth 15 credit points from the following list:    
TE-WK-26-33 Nanotechnology Study Tour NAN3NST 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Physics Project PHY5PRJ 15
TE-SEM-2 Directed Study in Physics PHY5DIR 15
Physics at the nanoscale stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Discrete Mathematics MAT4DM 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Physics Laboratory PHY5LAB 15
  Students choose an elective worth 15 credit points from the following list    
  Nanotechnology Study Tour NAN3NST 15
  Advanced Physics Project PHY5PRJ 15
  Directed Study in Physics PHY5DIR 15

Fifth year

Fifth year (120 credit points)

Core

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit Points
TE-SEM-1 Physics/Nanotechnology Masters Thesis A PHY5THA 30
TE-SEM-1 X-ray Physics PHY4XRY 15
TE-SEM-2 Physics/Nanotechnology Masters Thesis B PHY5THB 30
TE-SEM-2 Surface and nanomaterial characterisation PHY4SSC 15
  Students select subjects from their chosen stream of study as listed below:    
Bionanotechnology stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Molecular Nanoscience CHE5MNS 15
TE-SEM-2 Proteomics and Genomics BIO5PAG 15
Nanostructured materials stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Molecular Nanoscience CHE5MNS 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHY4QME 15
Physics at the nanoscale stream
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Mesoscopic Nanoscience PHY4MES 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHY4QME 15

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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