The first component of the topic will be two projects to study the connection between the underlying nanoscience of various nanotechnology devices. Students will undertake projects, with one chosen from each stream. Examples will include DNA Chips, Enzyme Biosensors, Laser Manipulation of Atoms, Quantum Dots and Silicon Nanogears. Students will prepare written project reports and make oral presentations of their material. This topic will help students decide the stream they might pursue in their second Year.
This next component of topic has inter-linked components: (i) Information Sessions, (ii) Problem-Based Learning Cases, and (iii) the Commercialisation of Science Project. Information Sessions provide an overview of the role of science; the interdisciplinary nature of science and an awareness of the fundamental process of scientific investigation undertaken by professional scientists.
Case Studies are developed specifically for the topic. They include such things as ethics, IP and corporate culture.
The Science Project examines development of science into commercial ventures, its importance and its financial outcomes. Students in groups will look at past examples of successful commercialisations.
This topic aims to introduce students to the professional context and the organisational structure in which their discipline will be applied. This topic aims to provide a supportive environment in which students will be mentored to: