Courses Handbook 2010

305377 v.5 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)

BSc(Curtin) OR BSc(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 042565D
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


Nanotechnology encompasses the science and technology of understanding and constructing the "very small". There is no single discipline of nanotechnology. The term broadly refers to such fields as biology, physics, chemistry or materials science- any scientific field that deals with the controlled design and assembly of nanostructures. This course aims to educate and train scientists for careers in nanotechnology through a grounding in any two of the disciplines of chemistry, physics and molecular biology, with a focus on the aspects of those disciplines that have particular relevance to nanotechnology. Practical laboratory skills, communication skills and creative and critical thinking are emphasised throughout the course along with practical training in the professional aspects of scientific practice in a research environment.

Specific Requirements

STAT is not accepted for entry to this course, but can be used to meet English competency.


If Introductory Calculus is not studied in Year 11, a bridging unit is required. Able students with high aggregates or other evidence of academic achievement who do not meet formal entry requirements may still be considered. Enquiries should be directed to the Head of Department.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

4 years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Course Organisation

The first year of the Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) provides a grounding in physical sciences through core units in chemistry, physics and mathematics. From second year level the course offers three discipline streams: Chemistry, Physics and Molecular Biology. Students elect to follow one of the double discipline streams to complete the degree. A package of nanotechnology / nanochemistry units is common to all three streams, providing a contextual link between the different scientific disciplines. The final two semesters include advanced studies in nanotechnology together with a nanotechnology research project supervised by research staff in one or more of the Departments of Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics and/or Biomedical Science.

Professional Recognition

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian Institute of Physics both recognise the course as fulfilling the academic requirements for graduate membership of the respective societies. On obtaining the necessary experience, graduates will be admitted to full membership of either institute.

Career Opportunities

Nanotechnology graduates may be employed in industry or government organisations, as materials characterisation scientists, as research scientists in micro analytical facilities and as medical physicists in hospitals.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

For more information contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering on (08) 9266 4816, email or visit our website

Special Note

For details on the honours classes refer to the Curtin Policies website

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
302804 v.3   Physics 101 4.5 25.0
304741 v.2 *   Physics 115 4.5 25.0
310984 v.1   Scientific Computing 101 4.0 25.0
7039 v.5   Chemistry 101 7.0 25.0
7230 v.6 *   Chemistry 181 6.0 25.0
7062 v.6   Mathematics 101 5.0 25.0
10926 v.5   Mathematics 103 5.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
305411 v.3   Nanotechnology 101 2.0 12.5
305415 v.3   Physics 102 4.5 25.0
307554 v.1   Science Communications 101 2.0 12.5
7040 v.6   Chemistry 102 7.0 25.0
7231 v.6 *   Chemistry 182 6.0 25.0
7063 v.6   Mathematics 102 5.0 25.0
7492 v.5   Mathematics 104 5.0 25.0
Year 2
310864 v.2   Chemistry and Physics Stream (Nanotechnology) 600.0
310865 v.2   Chemistry and Molecular Biology Stream (Nanotechnology) 600.0
310866 v.2   Physics and Molecular Biology Stream (Nanotechnology) 600.0
*      Students who have not studied TEE Chemistry or TEE Physics will study these.


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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