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Experimental Physics and Nanotechnology (PEN363)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience with advanced instrumentation used in Physics and Nanoscience/Nanotechnology. This includes laboratory based experiments as well as using a variety of surface science equipment, scanning electron microscopes and scanning tunnelling/atomic force microscopy. Students will also be taught various advanced technology used in the manufacture and purification of nanostructured materials.
Unit Learning Outcomes The experimental work is structured to form basis for synthesis of nanoparticles and the different techniques currently available to manufacture materials at the nanoscale level.
Main objectives of this unit are to:
UO1 Understand the methodologies used by global researchers to synthesize nanoparticles.
UO2 Link the properties of nanoparticles to its size and morphology.
UO3 Develop an understanding of various nano-characterization techniques.
UO4 Writing Advanced scientific Reports.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 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 experimental unit is through the use of interactive laboratory sessions, lectures and workshops. Students are encouraged to perform experiments in nanoscience and nanotechnology in the areas of material synthesis and advanced characterisation (10 weeks).
Proper writing of scientific results is an important part of academic and industrial life. This in turn drives innovation, research and innovation. Students are taught the necessary experimental skills as well as how to report their laboratory outcomes in a proper scientific report format. This greatly enhances their research capability and hands-on work research related skills. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for these students to experience a real research environment.
Other Learning Experiences Visit to other Laboratories and R&D facilities in Perth.
Assessment This unit focuses on creating students with hands-on expertise capable of synthesising nanomaterials and characterising the manufactured nanomaterials. The assessment consist of a Laboratory component (40%), a mid-semester test (15%) and a final exam of 45%.
Prerequisites PEN261 Applications of Nanotechnology.
Notes Hands-on Experimental Skills.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Eddy Poinern
Senior Lecturer (Physics and Energy)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2892
e: G.Poinern@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.043 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Eddy Poinern
Senior Lecturer (Physics and Energy)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2892
e: G.Poinern@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.043 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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