CHEM13082 - Nanotechnology: Health and the environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
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

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

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 Policy 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.

Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students have highlighted the textbook Nanoparticles in Anti-Microbial Materials: Use and Characterisation listed on the Unit Profile as not being useful.
Recommendation
Nanoparticles in Anti-Microbial Materials: Use and Characterisation will be removed from the list of textbooks.
Action Taken
Nanoparticles in Anti-Microbial Materials: Use and Characterisation has been removed from the list of textbooks for the unit.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The lab manual was seen to be hard to follow.
Recommendation
The experiments in the lab manual will be improved to make them more clear.
Action Taken
The experiments in the lab manual were tested and the Lab Manual improved to make it simpler and clearer.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The textbook (Nanotechnology: An Introduction) is not very clear in its explanations.
Recommendation
The Ramsden textbook (Nanotechnology: An Introduction) will be replaced with another (to be identified) to meet the needs of the Unit and suit the background of our students (many of who have not done Physics at high school).
Action Taken
The Ramsden textbook has also been replaced with research and review papers that are simple to understand, relate directly to the unit's learning outcomes and themes and are free to access.
Source: Unit Evaluation and Moodle Forum
Feedback
The complexity of the research proposal aspect of the second assessment task has been highlighted.
Recommendation
The second assessment task on research proposal writing will be simplified to to remove any expectation of projected expenses and research team. This will ensure students are able to understand its requirements better.
Action Taken
The complex, capstone task on writing a full scientific research proposal in Assessment 2 has been removed and a simplified form has been added to Assessment Task 1 (Poster).
Source: Unit Evaluation and anecdotal feedback
Feedback
Students have commented that teamwork was not effective in some instances, with group members not sharing the workload equally.
Recommendation
A Self and Peer Assessment component will be introduced as part of the group assessment task to better reflect and measure student input in each group.
Action Taken
A Self and Peer Assessment component (worth 50%) now forms part of the group work in Assessment Task 1.
Source: Course review and discussions with Medical Sciences.
Feedback
Students would benefit from completing a second-year unit before enroling in CHEM13082.
Recommendation
In the future, appropriate proposals will be developed to swap the delivery of CHEM13082 with CHEM12078. If successful, this change will result in CHEM13082 being offered in Term 2, and CHEM12078 in Term 1. Thus, CHEM12078 can be a relevant second-year unit available to students which will strengthen their chemistry background before enroling in CHEM13082.
Action Taken
The issue of a lack of a second-year chemistry unit to address the long hiatus (10 months) between the prerequisite unit, CHEM11041/CHEM11043 and CHEM13082 has now been addressed by introducing a revised prerequisite for CHEM13082. A Unit Update Proposal has been approved where the prerequisites for CHEM13082 now read as: This prerequisite needs to be replaced with: Successful completion of two of the following: Either CHEM19085 Environmental Chemistry or CHEM12079 Non-Carbon Chemistry or CHEM12078 Industrial Atmospheric Emissions In doing so, we hope to address the issue through two avenues: 1) by having a second-year prerequisite unit pool for students to complete before enrolling in CHEM13082 and 2) reducing the absence from chemistry laboratory practice to 6 months.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The word limit for the res school report should be increased to match the 30% unit weighting.
Recommendation
The word limit will be revised upward to 2000 words.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
There should not be an open book exam, and I think the questions should be more application based in order to demonstrate conceptual understanding
Recommendation
The unit exam will be closed book from 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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.


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 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination