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Advanced Topics in Physics and Nanotechnology: Experimental (PEN523)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit extends the study of solid state and surface physics with practical aspects of interactions between radiation fields and matter. Analytical and experimental techniques are introduced by providing relevant theoretical background and laboratory practices necessary for undertaking experimental research in physics and nanotechnology. Nanocharacterisation and surface analysis techniques included in this unit are: vacuum, thin film fabrication, microscopies (FESEM, TEM, AFM and STM) and spectroscopies (XRD, XPS, AES, FTIR Raman, UV-Vis and synchrotron radiation).
Unit Learning Outcomes The aim of this unit is to:
ULO 1: Provide student with in-depth knowledge of advanced level material and surface characterisation techniques
ULO 2: Explain the theoretical background of a number of advanced level characterisation techniques and facilities, and enable to use these techniques for particular situation
ULO 3: Enhance student problem solving with high level of critical thinking, interpretation, written explanation, reporting, communication and manuscript preparation
ULO 4: Give students the opportunity to observe fundamental changes/challenges of the various characterisation techniques and facilities
ULO 5: Allow students to acquire an historical perspective of the scientific process and the development of a number of advanced level material and surface characterisation techniques
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 20 hours per semester (2 hours/week for 10 weeks)
Tutorials: 10 hours per semester (1 hour/week for 10 weeks)
Laboratory (Internal students): 18 hours per semester
Laboratory: (External students): 4-day on-campus laboratory session.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit includes lectures and tutorials. The major learning activity of this unit is laboratory practices. Six laboratories are allocated in this unit allowing students to prepare their skill and knowledge in using various standard mechanical workshop tools and state-of-art material characterisation techniques or facilities. These include a number of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. As part of the integrated laboratory system of learning, students are required to design and complete 2 formal experimental reports and 1 manuscript preparation at the level of journal publication (e.g., short communication) based on the samples and task student selects for lab practices.
Other Learning Experiences Students may have a chance to access the Australian Synchrotron radiation facility.
Assessment The assessment components in this unit focus on real-world applications and practical skills suitable for honours research project. Assessment tasks are assignments (including a manuscript preparation), laboratory practices (including lab reports) and examination.
Six laboratories are designed to build students' capability of using various experimental techniques from laboratory tools to advance level characterisation facilities, such as XPS, XRD, FESEM, FTIR, etc.
The final exam is a major assessment component which is 50% of the overall grade.
Prerequisites PEN332 Electromagnetism; PEN317 Physics of Materials.
Notes External students will be required to attend a compulsory 4-day laboratory session.
Previously 2014: PEC423
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Physics and Nanotechnology Honours (BSc(Hons))
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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Associate Professor Zhong-Tao Jiang
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2867
e: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.041 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Zhong-Tao Jiang
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2867
e: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.041 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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