Course Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Nanotechnology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Andrew Hung

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1974

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.24

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have a background in basic University-level theoretical physics and chemistry as provided by CHEM1030 Chemistry of Materials 1 and PHYS2122 Mechanics or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities

Course Description

This course brings together relevant knowledge from the disciplines of physics and chemistry to give you a fundamental understanding of the integrated multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology. It will also be a forum for discussion on the possible consequences of such technological development. This course is the first of 3 integrated multidisciplinary courses (ONPS2155 Nanotechnology Methods and ONPS2156 Nanotechnology Practice) which bring together discipline-based knowledge and skills showing how this expertise applies to nanotechnological problems.

Introduction to Nanotechnology aims to provide a broad overview of fundamental principles and current research directions in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Specifically the course covers:

  • Fundamental physical scaling laws applied to understanding the properties of materials at the nanometre scale.
  • Experimental and computational characterisation of nanomaterials.
  • Surfaces and interfaces in nanotechnology.
  • Other specialist topics in nanotechnology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP247 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences):

PLO 2.1:  You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts.

PLO 2.2:  You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages. 

PLO 3.4: You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.

PLO 5.1: You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

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

CLO 1. Appraise the basic science behind the properties of materials at the nanometre scale, and the principles behind advanced experimental and computational techniques for studying nanomaterials.

CLO 2. Communicate clearly, precisely and effectively using conventional scientific language and mathematical notation.

CLO 3. Systematically solve scientific problems related specifically to nanotechnological materials using conventional scientific and mathematical notation 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course offers you the following learning opportunities:

Lectorials in which syllabus material will be presented, explained and illustrated with examples and exercises;

private study, working through the coursework and other learning materials and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

These activities will help enhance your employability by further developing your knowledge and skill set, written communication and independent learning skills.

This is a theory only course, with a combination of online lectures, lectorials, and material available through Canvas.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course Canvas site gives you easy access to learning materials such as theory notes, assessment task details and electronic submission folders.

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. However, suggested textbook reading references will be provided on Canvas. See the RMIT Library Guide at

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is a combination of class tests and assignments.

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment tasks:

Assessment item 1: In-semester basic nanotechnology exercise
Weighting 25%.
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment item 2: In-semester structure modelling exercise
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment item 3: In-semester nanosensors assessment task
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 4: Take-home data analysis/short-answer assessment
Weighting (25%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3