Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will be introduced to the special features of the 'Nanoworld', and explore the unusual scientific consequences of small surface ­to volume ratios. This subject will provide the necessary foundations for a subsequent career in nanotechnology or applied science. Students will participate in seminars given by nanotechnology professionals including academics and scientists working in industry. The subject will culminate in a student-led conference, which offers the opportunity to present case studies that explore nanoscale issues raised in classes.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and articulate, in writing, contemporary issues relating to the impact on the community of the use of nanotechnology in research, industry and government.
02. Relate the issues in nanotechnology articulated during the lecture series to a working industrial, research or government enterprise.
03. Communicate effectively the key scientific concepts and techniques addressed in the lectures to a scientific audience, using correct and appropriate terminology, symbols and references to the conventional scientific literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
Two 3.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Week 2 and Week 12


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

4 written reports on seminar series (3000 word equivalent total)

N/AReportIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO3

On-line quiz related to lecture materials (750 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1

Poster and presentation (750 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3