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Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)

This 3 year coursework 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.

The course will draw on strengths in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and a major strength in research at UOW, namely the 3 materials based Institutes: Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, BHP Steel Institute as well as Research Centre for Advanced Materials and Processing. One of the main aims is to produce high quality graduates to feed into post-graduate programs within the Materials Institutes and other research units at UOW.

This course has a materials chemistry focus with possible elective subjects in physics, engineering (eg. mechatronics) and biology. 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. The research units will contribute significantly to these new subjects.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 80 (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
This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
1st Year
CHEM101 Introductory Chemistry (or CHEM104) 6
CHEM102 Physical/Organic Chemistry (or CHEM105) 6
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6
MATH187 General Mathematics 1A Part 1 (or MATH141) 6
NANO101 Current perspectives in Nanotechnology 6
ENGG153 Engineering Materials 6
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A Part 2 6
2nd Year
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity & Change 6
MATE201 Structure and Properties of Materials 6
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6
NANO201 Research topics in Nanotechnology 6
Plus two of the following electives:
Materials Chemistry Stream
CHEM214 Analytical & Environmental 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
NANO301 Research Project in Nanomaterials 8
MATE202 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 6
MATE303 Ceramics, Glasses and Refractories 6
CHEM364 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 8
CHEM301 Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 8
Plus two electives
Materials Chemistry Stream
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: from Genome to Structure 8
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysis 8
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis & Reactivity 8
MATE301 Engineering Alloys 6
MATE306 Degradation of Materials 6
Physics Stream
PHYS305 Quantam 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
Or other subjects approved by the Co-ordinator.

If the required academic standard is attained the BSc(Nanotechnology) student may transfer to the Bachelor of Nanotechnology fourth Honours year. This consists of special coursework plus a research project.

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.


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