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F34NIN Introduction to Nanotechnology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the MSc Nanoscience course

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This introductory module will provide an overview of the origins of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The current state of the art will be described along with the implications of these new technologies from a societal and environmental viewpoint. An emphasis will be placed on the use of nanotechnology to solve real-life problems. The module will provide inter-linked views of nanotechnology from different disciplines, inclusive of novel materials, health and a fundamental chemical and physical perspective.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour
Workshop 2 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
This module is based on a twice-weekly series of one-hour lectures in throughout the autumn semester supplemented by two-hour workshops in weeks 5 and 10.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 70 one 1.5 hr exam 
Assignment 30 5,000 word critical appraisal of a selected area within nanotechnology 

Dr L Turyanska

Education Aims:  To introduce an overview of of the origins of nanoscience and nanotechnology and to consider inter-linked aspects of nanotechnology from different disciplines.

Learning Outcomes:  The expected learning outcomes of the module are as follows: a) Knowledge and understanding: Students who successfully complete this module will have an understanding of the basic principles underlying societal and environmental concerns about nanotechnology. b) Intellectual Skills: Students who successfully complete this module will be able to appreciate and discuss general issues relating to nanotechnology as well as appreciating the broad impact of nanotechnology across the disciplines. c) Professional practical skills: Students who successfully complete this module will have a basic understanding of the key experimental tools used in nanotechnology. d) Transferable (key) skills: Students who successfully complete this module will have enhanced their skills to communicate complex ideas to their peers.

Offering School:  Physics & Astronomy

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