2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS1311 Introduction to Nanotechnology
10 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Dr Kevin Critchley
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsA-levels in Science
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe smallest possible devices that can be fabricated are on the nanometre length scale. Miniturisation of devices offers many new technonological opportunities, which are only just starting to be implemented in our lives. The physical properties of nanomaterials differ from both the consituant atoms and the bulk material, and these can be unique and suprising. This module aims to introduce the physics behind nanotechnology in a semi-quantitave manner, without requiring knowledge of quantum mechanics or Maxwell’s equations. To understand nanotechnology, we will describe the physics of atoms and molecules, before moving on to discuss nano and bulk properties. We will cover a number of nanotechnological applications currently adopted and on the horizon, including nanomedicine. This module will introduced some physical models to understand nanotechnology.
ObjectivesDevelop a semi-quantitative understanding of the atom, periodic table, and chemical bonding. Understand the basic physics of bulk materials and relate these properties to nanomaterials and atoms and molecules. Understand the basic ideas associated with miniaturisation and demonstrate knowledge of some specific examples of nanotechnology and the science associated with them.
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:
- understand the electronic structure of the atom.
- understand how to apply scaling laws to predict the effects of miniaturisation.
- explain some unique effects and opportunities that nanotechnology provides.
- perform independent research into a topic write an essay on the topic
- solve problems relating to nanoscale objects.
A basic understanding of the structure of the atom, periodic table, chemical bonding and the physics of materials, including biological and nanomaterials.
• Indtroduction to the basic concepts of nanotechnology
• Introduction to miniaturisation
• Understand atoms and molecules
• Basic bulk materials properties and the effects of decreased dimensions
• Description of the useful applications of nanotechnology
• Description of nanotechnology in biology and medicine
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||78.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study- The students will be required to engage in private study to revise for the exam, guidance will be provided by way of problems provided during the course of the module.
- They will be provided with the answers by the lecturers, but the exercises will not be formally assessed.
- They will also be required to write a formal essay on a current topic (students will be given a choice of 3 essays) which will be assessed.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular Quizzes
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 30 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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