Course Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology and Smart Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology and Smart Materials

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: +61 03 9925 2890

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.02.26 City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Introduction to Nanotechnology and Smart Materials brings together relevant knowledge from the disciplines of physics and chemistry to promote your understanding of the integrated, multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (NanoSmart). In addition, you will consider contemporary and emerging challenges to NanoSmart inquiry and development in different environments. Successful completion of this course will prepare you with requisite knowledge and skills for subsequent theoretical and applied research experience in ONPS2498 Advanced Nanotechnology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1. Acquire, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories relating to cutting edge developments in nanotechnology and smart materials.

3. 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).

5. Exhibit requisite communication skills to disseminate research findings appropriate to the intended audience and the medium of communication.

6. Adhere to appropriate regulatory frameworks, work safely in cleanroom environments and demonstrate ethical conduct.

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how materials change properties with nanoscale features, and their implications for safety and industrial applications.

2. Report and disseminate findings according to appropriate scientific formats and conventions.

3. Identify and elaborate major challenges in the NanoSmart field, which take into consideration context, viability and stake-holders.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a combination of lectures and tutorials, as well as evaluation of current literature relevant to the field of NanoSmart. You will engage with a range of theoretical concepts related to the discipline of NanoSmart.

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.

You will be able to access course information and learning material through Blackboard at myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by written assignments, including a major report, and exam.