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Physics and Nanotechnology Projects (PEN307)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The objective of this unit is to integrate knowledge and abilities gained from units in the Physics and Nanotechnology major and other related disciplines such as Chemistry and apply to the investigation of a particular Physics/Nanoscience Chemsitry-related problem or topic, under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students may select a project from any area of Nanoscience and Chemistry/Physics/Energy Studies/Engineering/Forensics/Biomedical sciences in consultation with the Unit Coordinator, and subject to the availability of supervision.
Unit Learning Outcomes The experimental and project work is structured on the basis of the student selected topic Main objectives of this unit are to: UO1 Understand the methodologies used by scientific researchers globally to analyse a current problem, design a suitable hypothesis and undertake the project.
ULO2 The ability of the student to link the properties of materials through experimentation and tests will be a component of the learning outcomes of this unit.
UOL3 Furthermore, the depth of disciplinary expertise will be achieved and its influence in overall common scientific progress. OUL4 Writing Advanced scientific Reports will also be a key outcome of this course.
Timetabled Learning Activities Contact time by individual arrangements with Supervisors.
Lectures: 1 hour per week; Tutorials: 1 hour per week; Laboratories: 1 x 4 hours per week for 10 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit builds on the other units of the Physics and Nanotechnology course and allows the students to investigate a particular area of interest of nanoscience and nanotechnology in much greater detail. Students can propose topics or topics may be chosen from the list given by unit coordinators and are mentored through the project planning, research proposal and experimental design.
The students are greatly encouraged to learn new techniques and nanocharacterise the nanomaterial they create in the hands-on experimental part of their project. This learning strategy significantly improves and enhances their ability and skills.
Other Learning Experiences A visit to a R&D laboratory or SME will be undertaken as part of this course.
A seminar day where, the student will present their work will be arranged towards the end of the semester.
Assessment This unit focuses on developing students with hands-on skill in a specific research project which further develops their knowledge in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The assessment consist of a Literature review (30%), a presentation ( 20%) and finally a final Project Report of 50%.
Prerequisites PEN261 Applications of Nanotechnology.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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