Course Title: Nanotechnology Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nanotechnology Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Tamar Greaves

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9556

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in theoretical and practical chemistry and physics, to at least first-year level.  You should also have completed the 12 credit point course ONPS2149 Introduction to Nanotechnology, an equivalent course, or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

The course will develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in nanotechnology, physics and chemistry - the skills that professional scientists will require during their career in solving synthetic, structural, and energetic problems associated with nanomaterials. It builds on the knowledge you have gained from your science courses, and the Introduction to Nanotechnology course, in prior years.

Nanotechnology Practice comprises a series of lectures which aim to mature the understanding you have already developed in the Nanotechnology and Science programs, as well as tutorials and laboratories.

Specifically the course will cover:

  • Applications of neutron, X-ray and light scattering to nanotechnology.
  • Advanced electron microscopy and surface analysis techniques
  • Computational methods in nanotechnology. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-1   Understanding Science
  • PLO-2   Scientific knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving
  • PLO-4   Communication
  • PLO-5   Personal and Professional Responsibility


Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. describe the basic science behind a range of advanced experimental and computational techniques.
  2. place in context the various experimental techniques, the information they provide, and their application for the investigation of various problems in nanotechnology
  3. report your work in a clear and precise way through assignments, reports and oral presentations
  4. draw on a sound knowledge base in order to develop a systematic approach to solving scientific problems related specifically to nanotechnological materials
  5. present problem solving strategies and worked solutions using conventional scientific and mathematical notation


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn by:

  • attendance at lectures where the syllabus content will be introduced and your interaction with the material will be encouraged and directed (developing the knowledge capability dimension);
  • participation in class discussion, where principles and concepts will be explored (developing the knowledge capability);
  • undertaking set problems and exercises to develop familiarity with numerical calculations, and application of concepts to the solution of abstract problems (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities).
  • self-directed exploration of lecture material, texts, online and library resources;
  • viewing demonstrations, videos or simulations of relevant physical scenarios to clarify analysis of them (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities);
  • participate in laboratory classes and analyse and critically evaluate data;
  • conduct computational studies using standard tools.

A detailed schedule will be provided on Canvas and in class.

Teaching will be on the following topics:

  1. Synchrotron Science - an introduction to synchrotron physics, synchrotron beam-lines and applications to nanotechnology.
  2. Neutron Science - an introduction to the basic theory of neutron physics, the generation of neutrons, and applications of neutron scattering to nanotechnology.
  3. Light Scattering - introduction to nanoparticle characterisation using light scattering.
  4. Electron Microscopy and Surface Analysis – introduction to the theory behind these techniques, along with a practical introduction to microscopy.
  5. Computational Methods – introduction to computational methods in nanotechnology using standard tools.


Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 40

Learner directed hours: 40




Overview of Learning Resources

Many good references are available in the Library on the topics covered at this level. Particulars will be given out at the start of the course. You will be able to access lecture notes, course information and assorted learning materials through myRMIT

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment will be through

  • Assignments - 20% (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Laboratories and written reports - 60% (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Negotiated Assessment - 20% (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)