Course Title: MicroNanoEngineering Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: MicroNanoEngineering Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3254

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Technologies are increasingly moving towards the creation of smaller size engineered components in micro and nano dimensions. In such dimensions, the engineering knowledge which is required to design and implement ideas is fundamentally different. The course focuses on establishing the foundations for understanding the behaviour of systems in micro and nano realm. The course will provide a basic overview of all fundamental physical and mathematical principles required for micro/nanoscale processes. This would include electronic band structures, quantum electronic and mechanical phenomena, and scaling effects.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course and its assessment develop the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1. High levels of technical competence in the field
2. Be able to apply a systematic design approach to engineering projects and have strong design skills in the chosen discipline specialisation.
3. Communicate effectively across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw.

On completion of this course you would be able to:
1. Define the forces that govern systems in micro and nano domains
2. Identify and apply selected physical and chemical properties of low scale materials and their interactions with each other.
3. Design engineering systems in micro and nano scales.

Overview of Learning Activities

Formal lectures
Large group tutorials

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.
Various simulation and visualisation tools are available to consolidate the understanding of various topics.
You will also use computer software within the School during laboratory/assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

Project Assignments
Project Presentations
Final examination