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. Thissubject 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.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Equivalent subjectsN/A

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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.

Students attend and review four 2-hour seminars hosted by speakers from research, industry and government, expert in the use and impact of nanotechnology in their area. The review takes the form of one question submitted online before the seminar, and a written report following the seminar.

02. Relate the issues in nanotechnology articulated during the lecture series to a working industrial, research or government enterprise.

Students apply concepts presented in the lecture series to prepare a poster suitable for presentation at a scientific conference describing a case study where nanotechnology is applied to an industrial application.

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.

Students include relevant scientific information in their reports, poster and presentation suitable for a professional audience.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Week 2 and Week 12"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 written reports on seminar series (3000 word equivalent total)60 01, 03
On-line quiz related to lecture materials (750 word equivalent)20 01
Poster and presentation (750 word equivalent)20 01, 02, 03