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,
Sem 1 2018

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 should consider contemporary and emerging challenges to NanoSmart inquiry and development in different environments.  Successful completion of this course should 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 is an option course so it is not required to contribute to the development of program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist your achievement of several PLOs.

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.


Total study hours


A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (24 hours): Each week there will be 2 hours of face-to-face lecture. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own study.

Student-directed hours (96 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class. A minimum of 8 hours per week is recommended.

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 Canvas at myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1:  Written Report on Properties of Nanomaterials

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 2: Written Report on Nanosensor Design

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3


Assessment Task 3:  Written Report on Computational Modelling of Nanosurfaces

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 3

Assessment Task 4:  Written Report on Nanosurfaces for Biospectroscopy

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3