To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers.

The Nanotechnology Specialisation is offered as part of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers and requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The Specialisation is offered by the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Specialisations may have different admission requirements to other programs of study available in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers. In order to undertake a Specialisation students must be admitted to the Specialisation program.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of SACE Year 12 Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Studies or the equivalent are required for entry to the Quantum Nanostructures stream, while successful completion of SACE Year 12 Chemistry and at least two of the following SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) subjects; Biology, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Physics, Geology, or the equivalent is normally required for entry into the Biomedical Nanotechnology Stream.

Students will only be permitted to tertiary transfer on the commencement of second year.

Course aims 

In the Nanotechnology Specialisation the topic sequence forms a coherent and explicit path towards a comprehensive appreciation of, and competence in, the appropriate underlying science. This course will educate students with the range of skills inherent in Nanotechnology graduates:

  • a capacity to understand and apply modern scientific principles
  • skills in the retrieval and presentation of scientific information both orally and in writing to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • proficiency in independent critical analysis of information and capacity to solve problems
  • an ability to analyse and evaluate numerical data independently
  • competence in the practical use of relevant computer and information technology
  • an ability to work effectively in a team on a largely self-defined project
  • an appreciation of the role of science in society
  • an understanding of the ethical issues raised through the study of science

Learning outcomes

Graduates are expected to be able to:

  • have a sound grounding in multidisciplinary areas of nanoscience as well as hands on research experience
  • have an increased understanding of materials and their properties at the atomic level, including an understanding of the intimate relationship between scale and size, nanostructure and the properties of materials
  • be skilled in areas of nanoscience with relevant hands on experience and will be qualified for jobs in traditional science-based industries and government laboratories such as DST Group and, as the nanotechnologies emerge and mature, will be positioned for jobs in this applied area
  • educate a new generation of scientists who can participate in, and indeed seed, new high-technology companies that will be the key to maintaining jobs, wealth and educational infrastructures as nanotechnology results in a new industrial revolution
    develop a range of professional, scientific and computational skills that will enhance employment opportunities in a wide range of industrial, research and governmental institutions
  • display readiness for the workplace through their ability to contribute constructively to multidisciplinary teams, to communicate both orally and in written form, and to be familiar with modern, computer-based communication technology. This will be achieved using non-traditional education techniques including group-based problem-based learning, flexible delivery and WebCT interactive tutorials
  • form strong multidisciplinary educational and research links through joint team projects that cross the traditional areas of science

Program of study

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanotechnology) Enhanced Program for High Achievers requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time), including the fourth year for students who meet the requirements for progression to the honours year.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanotechnology) Enhanced Program for High Achievers, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic according to the program of study below.

Upon completion of 108 units students will be informed about whether they have been accepted into the Honours year. The entry requirement is normally a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more in the final 36 units of study prior to the Honours year. Students who are not accepted into the Honours year will be awarded the Bachelor of Science.

It is possible to elect to exit after three years of full-time equivalent study with a Bachelor of Science.

Elective topics may be selected from any offered within the University or, with approval from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, from outside the University, provided any course and prerequisite requirements are met.

Except with the permission of Faculty Board, students may not enrol in a topic in Fourth Year until they have passed 108 units.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Students undertake one of two streams In The Nanotechnology Specialisation:

Core - Biomedical Nanotechnology - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life #  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units)
 NANO1101  Fundamentals of Nanotechnology #  (4.5 units)
 SERC1012  Introduction to Research  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Plus either:

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A #  (4.5 units) AND
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B #  (4.5 units)

or

 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A #  (4.5 units) AND
 MATH1702  Mathematics Fundamentals B #  (4.5 units)

# These topics are cognate studies topics which must be taken to complete the specialisation.

Core - Biomedical Nanotechnology - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL2771  Biochemistry  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2772  Molecular Biology  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2701  Chemical Reactivity  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2702  Organic Reactions  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2711  Spectroscopy and Data Analysis  (4.5 units)
 NANO2701  Structure and Characterisation  (4.5 units)
 SERC2700  Research Project 1  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Biomedical Nanotechnology - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL3762  Protein to Proteome  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3771  DNA to Genome  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2712  Separation Science **  (4.5 units)
 CHEM3701  Applied Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 CHEM3712  Introduction to Polymer Science  (4.5 units)
 NANO3702  Frontiers of Nanotechnology  (4.5 units)
 SERC3700  Research Project 2  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

** Students who have passed CPES2102 Analytical Chemistry as part of Year 2 should undertake CHEM3711 Organic Synthesis and Mechanism instead.

Core - Biomedical Nanotechnology - Honours Year topics

36 unit comprising:

CPES7700A  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700B  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700C  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700D  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700E  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)

Plus

CPES7701  Advanced Research Skills  (4.5 units)
CPES7711  Advanced Techniques in Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)
CPES7721  Advanced Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)

Core - Quantum Nanostructures - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A #  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B #  (4.5 units)
 NANO1101  Fundamentals of Nanotechnology # * (4.5 units)
 PHYS1101  Fundamental Physics I #  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1102  Fundamental Physics II #  (4.5 units)
 SERC1012  Introduction to Research  (4.5 units)

* Please note students should enrol in NANO1101 in Year 2 and in its place enrol in the 4.5 units elective from Year 2.

# These topics are cognate studies topics which must be taken to complete the specialisation.

Core - Quantum Nanostructures - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 CHEM2701  Chemical Reactivity  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2702  Organic Reactions  (4.5 units)
 CHEM2711  Spectroscopy and Data Analysis  (4.5 units)
 MATH2702  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  (4.5 units)
 NANO2701  Structure and Characterisation  (4.5 units)
 PHYS2701  Quantum Concepts  (4.5 units)
 SERC2700  Research Project 1  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Quantum Nanostructures - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 CHEM2712  Separation Science  (4.5 units)
 CHEM3701  Applied Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 CHEM3712  Introduction to Polymer Science  (4.5 units)
 MATH3702  Methods of Applied Mathematics **  (4.5 units)
 NANO3702  Frontiers of Nanotechnology  (4.5 units)
 PHYS3711  Quantum Physics  (4.5 units)
 SERC3700  Research Project 2  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

** Students who have passed MATH2111 Vector Calculus as part of Year 2 should undertake MATH2702 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations instead.

Core - Quantum Nanostructures - Honours Year topics

36 units comprising

CPES7700A  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700B  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700C  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700D  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
CPES7700E  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)

Plus

CPES7701  Advanced Research Skills  (4.5 units)
CPES7711  Advanced Techniques in Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)
CPES7721  Advanced Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanotechnolgy) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.