University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science

Course code/s: SZNS

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code SZNS
Course coordinator Dr David Hoxley
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 077464J
Course duration 4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 535 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Notes This degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2016.

Course description

Nanotechnology is an emerging field of endeavour, which aims to understand and exploit the science of the very small. It covers a wide range of areas including semiconductors where it is hoped that very small components will continue the increase in computational speed predicted by Moore’s Law. Nanotechnology is expected to provide sophisticated sensors for the detection of chemicals at low concentrations with applications to biological systems. Biologists seek means of manipulating and sensing biological processes within cells. This double degree structure is chosen for the teaching of nanotechnology, as it requires knowledge of a broad range of supporting sciences and time to develop the required specialisation.

The course features streams in nanostructured materials, bionanotechnology and physics at the nanoscale. These incorporate core studies in physics, chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics together with specialised studies in nanotechnology at all year levels; subjects include nanochemistry, scanning probe microscopies, synchrotron science and technology, imaging and materials characterisation, nanomaterials and fabrication, and sensors and devices. All students have the opportunity to undertake a nanotechnology research project and an international nanotechnology study tour.

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.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

This double degree is of four and a half years full-time or equivalent part-time duration and requires the completion of 535 credit points overall. Students may complete this double degree in four years as part of an accelerated study program.

First year

First year (130 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 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN1ISA 5
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 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN1ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Physics B PHY1SCB 15
TE-SEM-2 First-year level elective. An elective may be chosen from any first year subject offered by any discipline in the University.   15

Key: * LTU0AIM (Academic Inegrity Module) (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 - Nanostructured materials stream and physics at the nanoscale stream (145 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN2ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH2IBM 15
TE-SEM-1 Fundamentals of Chemistry A CHE2FCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Modern Physics PHY2MOD 15
TE-SEM-1 Vector Calculus MAT2VCA 15
TE-SEM-2 Fundamentals of Chemistry B CHE2FCB 15
TE-SEM-2 Environmental and Nano Chemistry CHE2NAC 15
TE-SEM-2 Imaging and Materials Characterisation PHY2IMG 15
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN2ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Linear Algebra MAT2LAL 15
TE-SEM-2 Mechanics MAT2MEC 15
Second year - Bionanotechnology stream (145 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN2ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH2IBM 15
TE-SEM-1 Fundamentals of Chemistry A CHE2FCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Modern Physics PHY2MOD 15
TE-SEM-1 Vector Calculus MAT2VCA 15
TE-SEM-2 Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology BCH2MBC 15
TE-SEM-2 Environmental and Nano Chemistry CHE2NAC 15
TE-SEM-2 Imaging and Materials Characterisation PHY2IMG 15
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN2ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Linear Algebra MAT2LAL 15
TE-SEM-2 Mechanics MAT2MEC 15

Third year

Third year - Nanostructured materials stream (130 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN3ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Optics PHY2OPT 15
TE-SEM-1 Synchrotron Science and Technology PHY3SYN 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Chemistry A CHE3ADA 30
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN3ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Electromagnetism and Modern Materials PHY2EMM 15
TE-SEM-2 Scanning Probe Microscopy PHY3SPM 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Chemistry B CHE3ADB 30
Third year - Bionanotechnology stream (130 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN3ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Optics PHY2OPT 15
TE-SEM-1 Synchrotron Science and Technology PHY3SYN 15
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BCH3BMA 30
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN3ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Electromagnetism and Modern Materials PHY2EMM 15
TE-SEM-2 Scanning Probe Microscopy PHY3SPM 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Cell Biology BCH3ATB 15
  Plus one of the following subjects:    
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Biochemistry and Medical Biology Laboratory Course MED3LAB 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Biochemistry and Medical Biology Internship MED3PRJ 15
Third year - Physics at the nanoscale stream (130 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology A NAN3ISA 5
TE-SEM-1 Optics PHY2OPT 15
TE-SEM-1 Synchrotron Science and Technology PHY3SYN 15
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology B NAN3ISB 5
TE-SEM-2 Electromagnetism and Modern Materials PHY2EMM 15
TE-SEM-2 Scanning Probe Microscopy PHY3SPM 15
Plus the four mathematics subjects from the following list:
TE-SEM-1 Computation and Simulation STM3CS 15
TE-SEM-1 Complex Analysis MAT3CZ 15
TE-SEM-2 Linear Programming and Probability STM3LPP 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Calculus and Curvature MAT3AC 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (130 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Atomic and Nuclear Physics PHY3ANP 15
TE-SEM-1 Issues in Nanotechnology C NAN3ISC 5
TE-SEM-1 Nanomaterials and Fabrication PHY3NMF 15
TE-SEM-1 Physics of Quantum Matter PHY3PQM 15
TE-SEM-2 Electromagnetic Theory and Plasma Physics PHY3EPP 15
TE-SEM-2 Issues in Nanotechnology D NAN3ISD 5
TE-SEM-2 Sensors and Devices CHE3SEN 15
TE-SEM-2 Thermal and Statistical Physics PHY3TSP 15
  Choose two subjects from the list below to the value of 30 credit points   30
  Nanotechnology Study Tour NAN3NST 15
  Nanotechnology Research Project NAN3PRO 15
 

Nanotechnology Extended Research Project A

and

Nanotechnology Extended Research Project B

NAN3PRA

 

NAN3PRB

15

 

15

  Nanotechnology Extended Research Project NAN3PRE 30
  One free elective. An elective may be chosen from any subject offered by any discipline in the University.   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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