Course Title: Nanotechnology Methodology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nanotechnology Methodology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof Daniel Gomez

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 9015

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus, 3.01.02A

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have a background in theoretical and practical chemistry and physics to at least first-year university level and successful completion of ONPS2149 Introduction to Nanotechnology, or an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

Nanotechnology Methodology provides a framework of laboratory sessions and tutorials which aims to further your understanding and give practical experience in solving Nanotechnology problems. A series of lectures will also be given to provide the background knowledge to put your laboratory work into context. 

The course aims to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in nanotechnology, physics and chemistry - the skills that professional scientists require during their career in solving synthetic, structural, and energetic problems associated with nanomaterials. It aims to build on the knowledge you have gained from your science courses, and the Introduction to Nanotechnology course, in prior years. 

Specifically the course covers:

  • Preparation of nanoscale/nano-featured materials.
  • Analysis of nanoscale/nano-featured materials using electromagnetic radiation and standard and sophisticated instrumental techniques.

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 1.1: You will be able to articulate the methods of science and explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 

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 4.2: You will be able to communicate your scientific knowledge by appropriately documenting the essential details of procedures undertaken, key observations, results and conclusions

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


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

  1. Explain and evaluate a range of advanced experimental techniques for the analysis of nanoscale materials
  2. Critically review information relevant to your nanomaterials and and communicate about the relevance of this information to you’re a specific topic
  3. Communicate clearly, precisely and effectively using conventional scientific language and mathematical notation
  4. Systematically solve scientific problems related specifically to nanotechnological materials

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn by: 

  • Participation during lectures in which syllabus material will be explained and your interaction with the material will be encouraged and directed (developing the knowledge capability dimension);
  • Participation in class discussion in which principles and concepts will be explored (developing the knowledge capability);
  • Undertaking set problems and exercises to develop familiarity with numerical calculations, and application of concepts to the solution of abstract problems (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities).
  • self-directed exploration of lecture material, texts, online and library resources;
  • viewing demonstrations, videos or simulations of relevant physical scenarios to clarify analysis of them (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities);
  • preparing for and undertaking class tests and assignments to assess your knowledge.
  • undertaking laboratory experiments and preparing reports to aid in understanding lecture material.

Total Study Hours

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

Teacher-directed hours (60 hours): Each week there will be 2 hours of face-to-face lecture plus 3 hours of laboratory practical sessions.

Student-directed hours (60 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class. A minimum of 5 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 the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).

Overview of Assessment

This is a theory and laboratory-based course . Assessment will be a combination of laboratory reports, an assigment and a negotiated assessment to be delivered in week 12.


Note that: All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

The assessment is based on:

  1. Lab Report 1 (20%)
  2. Lab Report 2 (20%)
  3. Assignment (20%)
  4. Negotiated assessment (40%)

You must achieve an aggregate score of 50% in the assessments 1, 2 and 3 because the skills demonstrated are essential to ensure that you can operate safely as a professional.

Negotiated assessment - students will have the option to self-select an assessment item to demonstrate their mastery of aspect(s) of the course. The type of assessment item varies. Students will negotiate their assessment contract  in Week 3 of semester.