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

You should have an undergraduate degree in a nanotechnology-related field (e.g. in nanotechnology, chemistry or physics) or equivalent experience as determined by the program coordinator.

Course Description

Research seminars are one of the most important means for communicating cutting-edge research and facilitating scientific discourse.  During this course, you will be exposed to research-level seminars from a range of speakers across nanotechnology-related fields, working in diverse backgrounds.  These speakers will include industry-leaders, international and national academics, and local experts.  Each seminar will be accompanied by a guided tutorial so that you are well prepared for high-level engagement with the speaker.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and describe the state of the art in nanotechnology research through the presented seminars

2. Participate meaningfully in research seminars as an audience member

3. Critique seminars and presentations



This course contributes to the following PLOs for MC204 Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials:

PLO1. Acquire, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories relating to cutting edge developments in nanotechnology and smart materials.
PLO3. 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).
PLO5. Show requisite communication skills to disseminate findings appropriate to the intended audience and the medium of presentation.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course has two components, one weekly research seminar and one tutorial session per seminar designed to prepare for the research seminar.

Total study hours

A total of 120 hours of study is expected, comprising 24 hours teacher-directed and 96 hours of learner-directed study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will comprise appropriate research papers, including review articles and perspectives, depending on the particular topics of the research seminars.
There is no recommended text book for this course.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:
This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessments are as follows:

1. Seminar Participation (10%)

You will be graded on your participation in seminars (judged on the basis of asking meaningful questions of the speakers)
This assessment supports CLO2

2. Two written reports covering topics from specific seminars (45% each )

This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 3