Course Title: Nanosensors

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nanosensors

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Prof Kourosh Kalantar Zadeh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3254

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You need first year physics and chemistry capabilities and must have passed Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers and Nanotechnology Methodology, an equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

Nanosensors is a key multidisciplinary course that will bring together discipline based knowledge and skills and show how they can be applied to nano-sensing problems. The course will build on relevant knowledge from the disciplines of physics and chemistry and Nanotechnology 1 and 2. There will be a major lecture component to the course in which the fundamentals of various sensing techniques will be discussed. Design, fabrication and testing of numerous nano-sensors for gas, liquid and bio-sensing applications will be presented. It will also provide a framework of laboratory sessions and tutorials that aims to further understanding and give practical experience in solving nano-sensor problems

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of the course the you will be able to :
• Identify the most appropriate Nanosensors for scientific applications.
• Understand the underlying sensing phenomena used in nanosensors;
• Reliably process, evaluate and interpret the information presented by nanosensors;
• Evaluate the influences of interfering parameters on nanosensor performance
• Report work in a clear and precise way through laboratory journals and formal reports.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.
Course information and learning material is available on the course web site accessed through myRMIT Studies.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is undertaken during the semester via laboratory reports and group presentations with the aim of assessing information research capability, quality of written presentations and participation in team work and discussions.
An end of semester examination will test your comprehension of the course material.