CHEM13082 - Nanotechnology: Health and the environment
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Nanotechnology and nanoscience are an emerging, revolutionary area of science that will lead to exciting developments in health, medicine, the environment, information technology and engineering (among other industries). In this unit, students will become familiar with existing uses of nanotechnology along with future opportunities in the nanoscience domain. Medical and environmental applications and the development of 'emerging technologies' will be discussed and the technical, environmental and social impacts of these technological advances explored.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Issues with exam. Some questions were poorly worded and confusing. Moodle. Questions will be re-phrased for the new examination.
More explanation needed for research proposal especially in regards to budget requirements. Moodle Assessment Task 2 will be re-designed to showcase all requirements.
Book was a little disappointing Moodle The learning resources need to be strengthened given the 3.3 score. The textbook selection was a little disappointing as the team found some inconsistencies in the text during lecture preparation and directed reading. We are looking to potentially remove the textbook and support the course with a small study support tool with research articles which better reflects the essence of this unit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the basic principles of nanotechnology and nanoscience.
  2. Evaluate and synthesise information drawn from primary literature in the field of nanotechnology.
  3. Discuss actual and potential impacts of nanotechnology on society, health and the environment.
  4. Design possible solutions to significant societal problems in health, engineering, the environment and medicine using the principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Potential future course accreditation with the RACI. Dr James Chapman has been invited by the RACI to become a chemistry accreditor.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment          
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Nanotechnology: An Introduction
Author/s: Jeremy Ramsden Year: 2011
Edition: 1 Publisher: Elsevier
City: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Nanoparticles in Anti-Microbial Materials: Use and Characterisation
Author/s: Regan, Chapman and Sullivan Year: 2012
Edition: 1 Publisher: RSC Publishing
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJames Chapman (j.chapman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017
1) Introduction to Nanoscience

1

Week 2 13-03-2017
1) The Nanoscale

2

Week 3 20-03-2017
3) Forces at the Nanoscale

3

Week 4 27-03-2017
4) The Nano/Bio Interface

4

Week 5 03-04-2017
5) Introduction to Nanomedicine

5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Poster Presentation Due Monday (10 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017
6) Nanomaterials

6

Week 7 24-04-2017
7) Nanomaterials for disease destruction

7

Week 8 01-05-2017
8) Nanodevices

8

Week 9 08-05-2017
9) Bio-nanotechnology

9

Week 10 15-05-2017
10) Nano-facture

10

Week 11 22-05-2017
11) The impact of nanotechnology

11

Week 12 29-05-2017

Research Topics and Exam Preparation

All Chapters

Research Proposal Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Poster Presentation
Task Description
In a group of 2, research, design and produce an A0 sized research poster on a topic of your interest in the field of nanotechnology.

For this task your course coordinator will assign you a partner. Your group should find a range of nanotechnology related research papers to inform the topic of your poster. This assessment task requires an in-depth analysis of current research outside of the course textbooks, with a focus on journal articles. Your group must present key findings and methods in the poster. The poster should be created using Powerpoint (PC) or Keynote (Mac) publishing software. Groups are reminded that posters must be concise and effective in delivering meaningful and key information, your peer groups will be expected to ask questions during the residential school. Full details of the assessment task including examples of posters are provided on the course Moodle page.

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Monday (10-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Individual electronic submissions of the group poster should be submitted to Moodle as a .pptx, .ppt or .key file only
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Feedback will be given on Moodle
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

An A0 printed copy of the poster will be displayed during the residential school. The poster will be printed by the course coordinator. The posters will be given peer review critique and graded using the following criteria:

  • Clear organisation and presentation of the material, conciseness and ability to clearly present the argument/topic (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Use of relevant and reliable sources of information, including ability to cite (20%)
  • Peer grading of group effort, anonymised. (20%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online
Hard copy
Group submission

Individual student submission of the electronic version of the poster must be submitted through Moodle; pptx, ppt or .key (Mac) submissions

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the basic principles of nanotechnology and nanoscience.

2. Evaluate and synthesise information drawn from primary literature in the field of nanotechnology.

3. Discuss actual and potential impacts of nanotechnology on society, health and the environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Proposal
Task Description

Students will individually submit a research proposal idea, including methods of analysis, project execution and budget using the following heading:

"Using Nanotechnology, propose a technology or solution which has the capability of solving a significant, modern health, medical or environmental problem"

The research idea will enable students to prepare and become familiar with research-based laboratory activities that will provide a framework for the development of a research idea in the discipline of nanotechnology. Students will work in pairs during the residential school and will be using advanced analytical instrumentation to perform measurements of their work. Students will submit a summary of the practicals and chemical lab skills acquired (500 words) along with a research proposal idea (2500 words).

Further information related to this task can be accessed via the Assessment Task 2 link on the course Moodle page.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Feedback will be given through Moodle
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Residential School Summary Report:

  • Concise results of all practicals (10%)
  • List of new lab skills/ techniques acquired (10%)

Research Proposal:

  • Background to the problem (5%)
  • Presentation of research idea (10%)
  • Impact of the proposed idea (25%)
  • Scientific methodology and approach to solving the problem (25%)
  • Budget (10%)
  • References (5%)

Further information related to this task can be accessed via the Assessment Task 2 link on the course Moodle page.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Online submission in Moodle (docx doc and rtf only submissions)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Evaluate and synthesise information drawn from primary literature in the field of nanotechnology.

4. Design possible solutions to significant societal problems in health, engineering, the environment and medicine using the principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the basic principles of nanotechnology and nanoscience.

3. Discuss actual and potential impacts of nanotechnology on society, health and the environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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