Course Title: Nanotechnology Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nanotechnology Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Gary Bryant

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2139

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.07.003

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in theoretical and practical chemistry, physics and mathematics to at least first-year level.

Course Description

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

Nanotechnology Practice comprises a series of recorded lectures, supported by tutorials and laboratories which aim to mature the understanding you have already developed in the Nanotechnology and Science programs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-1   Understanding Science
  • PLO-2   Scientific knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving
  • PLO-4   Communication
  • PLO-5   Personal and Professional Responsibility

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. describe the basic science behind a range of advanced experimental and computational techniques.
  2. place in context the various experimental techniques, the information they provide, and their application for the investigation of various problems in nanotechnology
  3. report your work in a clear and precise way through assignments, reports and oral presentations
  4. draw on a sound knowledge base in order to develop a systematic approach to solving scientific problems related specifically to nanotechnological materials
  5. present problem solving strategies and worked solutions using conventional scientific and mathematical notation

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn by:

  • watching recorded lectures where the syllabus content will be introduced and your interaction with the material will be encouraged and directed (developing the knowledge capability dimension);
  • participation in class discussion during tutorials, where 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);
  • participate in laboratory classes and analyse and critically evaluate data;
  • conduct computational studies using standard tools.

A detailed schedule will be provided on Canvas and in class.

Overview of Learning Resources

Many good references are available in the Library on the topics covered at this level. Particulars will be given out at the start of the course. You will be able to access lecture notes, course information and assorted learning materials through myRMIT

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment will be through

Assessment Task 1: Assignments -

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory participation and journal

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5)

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory written reports -

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Assessment Task 4: Negotiated Assessment (Talk or Written Report) -

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)