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Bachelor of Nanotechnology,
Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced

This interdisciplinary degree in Nanotechnology is a joint offering from the Faculties of Engineering and Science. The degree targets the emerging field of nano-materials, molecular machines and nano-science.

There is a total of 5 elective subjects giving students scope to match the course to their interests whilst retaining a core focus on molecular design and characterization of materials at the nano-dimension. The course includes four specially designed subjects that will be mainly research oriented and combine lectures, laboratory and project work. This will give students from first year onwards a taste of where leading research in nanotechnology is heading.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Bachelor of Nanotechnology (846): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 85 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced (846A): New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 90 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Assumed knowledge: Chemistry or Physics and Mathematics. Students who have not completed Chemistry at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics Band 4 may take a special Maths subject in the first year or consider early entry to complete this subject in Summer Session prior to commencement of the course.

Course Requirements
Bachelor of Nanotechnology (846): This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced (846A): Students who are eligible for this degree fulfil all the same requirements as Bachelor of Nanotechnology candidates but are also eligible for additional benefits and challenges. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Advanced (741A) and consult the Degree Coordinator.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
First Year
CHEM101/CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry 6
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6
MATH197/MATH141 Mathematics 1A Part 1/1C Part 1 6
NANO101 Current Perspectives in Nanotechnolgoy 6
CHEM102/CHEM105 Physical/Organic Chemistry 6
ENGG153 Engineering Materials 6
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
Second Year
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
MATE201 Structure and properties of materials 6
PHYS205 Advanced modern Physics 6
NANO201 Research topics in Nanotechnology 6
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6
Plus two of the following electives:
CHEM214 Analytical and Evironmental Chemistry 6
MATE204 Mechanical Behaviour 6
MATE291 Engineering Computing and Laboratory Skills 6
Physics Stream
MATH283 Mathematics IIE for Engineers Part 1 6
PHYS263 Photonics 6
Mechatronics Stream
ENGG152 Engineering Mechanics 6
ENGG154 Engineering design for Innovation 6
Other subject options
BIOL103 Molecules, cells and organisms 6
Third Year
CHEM364 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 8
MATE202 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 6
NANO301 Research project in Nanomaterials 8
CHEM301 Advanced Materials in Nanotechnology 8
MATE303 Ceramics, glasses and refractories 6
Plus two of the following electives:
Materials Chemistry Stream  
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysis 8
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: from genome to structure 8
MATE301 Engineering Alloys 6
MATE306 Degradation of Materials 6
Physics Stream
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6
PHYS363 Advanced Photonics 6
Mechatronics Stream
ENGG251 Mechanics of solids 6
MECH215 Fundamentals of Machine Component design 6
Other subject options:
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL214 Metabolic Biochemistry 6
Fourth Year
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6
MATE411 Advanced Materials 6
NANO401 Major Project Thesis in Nanotechnology 24
MATE412/PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6
Plus one elective from the General Schedule.

The Degree of Bachelor of Nanotechnology (Honours) is awarded for meritorious performance in 3rd and especially 4th year subjects.

Professional Recognition
Students may choose options enabling them to graduate and be eligible for accreditation with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 42213481, web site: www.uow.edu.au/science/

The Degree Coordinators are Associate Professor Will Price, Room 18.102A, and Associate Professor Geoff Spinks, Room 41a.271, telephone 4221 3010.


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