Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Nanotechnology
Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Nanotechnology,
Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced

Abbreviation:

BNanotech,
BNanotechAdv

My University:

Science, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Engineering

Duration:

4 years

Total Credit Points:

192

Delivery Mode:

On campus (Face-to-face)

Starting Session(s):

Autumn

Location:

Wollongong

UOW Course Code:

846, 846_2

UAC Code:

757625, 757626

CRICOS Code:

051709G, 052459A

Overview

The Bachelor of Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary degree which is jointly offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Information Sciences and Science, Medicine and Health. The degree targets the emerging field of nano-materials, molecular machines and nano-science.

The course draws on major research strengths at UOW including: the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, the BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. One of the main aims is to produce high quality graduates to feed into postgraduate programs within UOW research units.

This course has a materials chemistry focus with possible elective subjects in physics, engineering (e.g. mechatronics) and biology. There are a total of five 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 are mainly research oriented and combine lectures, laboratory and project work. This gives students from first year onwards a taste of where leading research in nanotechnology is heading.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Nanotechnology (846)

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 85 (or equivalent). The ATAR is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced (846_2)

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95 (or equivalent). The ATAR is reviewed each year.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC Chemistry, HSC Physics and HSC Mathematics. It is an advantage for students to have studied HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Students who have not completed Chemistry and Physics at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year.

Course Requirements

Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year. This will extend the time required to complete the course.

Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.

Students must complete a minimum of 32 credit points of 300-level subjects.

Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in at least 24 credit points of 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.

Bachelor of Nanotechnology (846)

This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% or greater in 300-level subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Nanotechnology degree. Students with a WAM below 70% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Nanotechnology with the approval of the Nanotechnology Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Nanotechnology degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) degree.

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced (846_2)

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.

Progression Requirements

To maintain a place in an Advanced degree, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75%. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Associate Dean after the completion of 72 credit points. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Nanotechnology or Bachelor of Science degree.

For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science Advanced (741A) and consult the Degree Coordinator.

Course Program

Subjects

Session

Credit Points

First Year

CHEM101

Chemistry 1A: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry

Autumn

6

ENGG153

Engineering Materials

Autumn

6

PHYS141

Fundamentals of Physics A

Autumn

6

Plus select ONE of the following Mathematics subjects in Autumn session:

MATH141

Foundations of Engineering Mathematics

Autumn

6

or

     

MATH187

Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus

Autumn

6

CHEM102

Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life

Spring

6

NANO101

Current Perspectives in Nanotechnology

Spring

6

PHYS142

Fundamentals of Physics B

Spring

6

Plus select ONE of the following Mathematics subjects in Spring session:

MATH142

Essentials of Engineering Mathematics

Spring

6

or

     

MATH188

Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus

Spring

6

Second Year

Core

CHEM211

Inorganic Chemistry II

Autumn

6

MATE201

Structure of Materials

Autumn

6

PHYS205

Advanced Modern Physics

Autumn

6

CHEM212

Organic Chemistry II

Autumn

6

or

     

MATE202

Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

Autumn

6

CHEM213

Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change

Spring

6

NANO201

Research Topics in Nanotechnology

Spring

6

Select TWO electives to total 48 credit points at Second Year:

NOTE: Subjects are grouped into streams to guide students on possible combinations within an area of interest. Students are NOT required to choose electives from the same streams in Second Year and Third Year.

Materials Chemistry Stream

CHEM214

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

Spring

6

MATE204

Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

Spring

6

Physics Stream

MATH212

Applied Mathematical Modelling

Spring

6

PHYS215

Vibrations, Waves and Optics

Spring

6

Mechatronics Stream

ENGG152

Engineering Mechanics

Spring

6

ENGG154

Engineering Design and Innovation

Spring

6

Other subject options

BIOL103

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Spring

6

STAT252

Statistics for the Natural Sciences

Spring

6

Third Year

Core

CHEM364

Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy

Autumn

8

NANO301

Research Project in Nanomaterials

Autumn

8

CHEM301

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Spring

8

MATE302

Polymeric Materials

Spring

6

Select any THREE electives from the following subjects:

Note: Subjects are grouped into streams to guide students on possible combinations within an area of interest. Students are NOT required to select electives from a single stream.

Materials Chemistry Stream

CHEM314

Instrumental Analysis

Autumn

8

MATE301

Engineering Alloys

Autumn

6

MATE306

Fracture, Failure and Degradation

Autumn

6

MATE381

Experimental Methods and Computing

Autumn

6

CHEM320

Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure

Spring

8

CHEM321

Organic Synthesis and Reactivity

Spring

8

Physics Stream

PHYS305

Quantum Mechanics

Autumn

6

PHYS363

Advanced Photonics

Spring

6

PHYS396

Electronic Materials

Spring

6

Mechatronics Stream

ENGG251

Mechanics of Solids

Autumn

6

MECH215

Fundamentals of Machine Component Design

Spring

6

Other subject options

BIOL213

Principles of Biochemistry

Autumn

6

BIOL214

The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism

Spring

6

Fourth Year

MATE411

Advanced Materials and Processing

Autumn

6

MATE303

Ceramics, Glasses and Refractories

Spring

6

MATE412

Electronic Materials

Spring

6

NANO401

Major Project Thesis in Nanotechnology

Annual

24

Plus one elective from the General Schedule

6

Honours

The degree of Bachelor of Nanotechnology Honours and Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced Honours are awarded for performance in third and fourth year subjects, based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 in the General Course Rules Section 8.

Professional Recognition

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

Further Information

Further information is available at http://coursefinder.uow.edu.au/ or email: science-enquiries@uow.edu.au