Course Title: Nanotechnology Seminar Course 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nanotechnology Seminar Course 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Ewan Blanch

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2890

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.02.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course students will attend research seminars in the fields of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, on average on a weekly basis. Students will be exposed to cutting edge, high quality research which will inform them about current and future directions in Nanotechnology. Supplementary tutorials will help to prepare students for the research seminars. Successful completion of this course will prepare you with requisite knowledge and understanding for the Applied Science Research Project (BIOL2328 and ONPS2504).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of high quality research in the NanoSmart field, and identify major challenges which take into consideration context, viability and stake-holders.
  2. Show that you can critically analyse research results as presented in standard formats by professional scientists (seminars and research papers).




This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes (PLOs) for MC204 (Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials:

  • Acquire, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories relating to cutting edge developments in nanotechnology and smart materials.
  • Identify and critique aspects of the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology research and smart materials development drawing upon their practical experience in state-of-the-art laboratories (including RMIT Micro Nano Research Facility and RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility).
  • Exhibit requisite communication skills to disseminate findings appropriate to the intended audience and the medium of presentation.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will attend seminars presented by leading invited researchers in nanotechnology and Smart Materials, typically once per week. Students may also attend supplementary tutorials held to provide background information on the seminar topics, so as to prepare students for the seminar material. You will demonstrate active participation in the seminar program, by e.g. asking questions.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and other learning materials through myRMIT Studies (specifically, Blackboard). Lists of relevant reference texts especially research papers, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Tutorials will also provide information relevant to seminar topics.
There is no recommended text book for this course

Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Demonstrated participation in the seminars: 20%

Abstract summaries of seminars: 40%

Assignment on selected seminar topic: 40%