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,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof Daniel Gomez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9015

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.17 City Campus.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment on Microsoft Teams

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 also 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 and preparation of nanoscale materials.
  2. Communicate clearly, precisely and effectively using conventional scientific language and mathematical notation.
  3. Systematically solve scientific problems related specifically to nanotechnological materials.
  4. Critically review information relevant to your discipline and project topic and communicate about the relevance of this information to your topic 

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are: 

  • Participation in “lectorials” and on-line meetings where syllabus material will be discussed and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples; 
  • Completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and 
  • Private study, working through the course as presented in pre-recorded on-line lectures and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems. 

On the basis of revision and problem-solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and all learning materials (lecture notes, revision sheets, etc.) through myRMIT Studies (Canvas). 

The library Chemistry, Environmental Science and Nanotechnology guide ( will introduce you to the information resources available to staff and students at RMIT University. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be a combination of laboratory reports 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). 


Assessment item 1: Simulated laboratory analysis 1 

Weight 20%  

This assessment related to CLO 1-4   


Assessment item 2: Simulated laboratory analysis 2 

Weight 20%  

This assessment related to CLO 1-4 


Assessment item 3: Simulated laboratory analysis 3 

Weight 20%  

This assessment related to CLO 1-4 


Assessment item 4 Negotiated assessment 

Weight  40% 

This assessment related to CLO 1-4 


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.