NKEA07005U Unifying Concepts in Nanoscience (UCN)
MSc Programme in Nanoscience
Nanosized systems have special properties. The objective of the course is to learn about the unifying concepts that form the scientific basis of these special properties and the methods used and developed to study them. The physical and chemical basis for the special properties of nanoscale systems will be developed systematically using the simple models and theory. Examples are from current nanoscience and nanotechnology.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Our 5 unifying concepts
- 1. Emergence of quantum phenomena
- 2. Non-perturbative effect of the environment
- 3. Fluctuations on the order of averages for physical properties
- 4. Emergence of new properties with nano-structuring of materials
- 5. Techniques for accessing the nano-scale
- Apply the above mentioned knowledge to explain and critically discuss nanoscale systems properties and behavior.
- Read recent nanoscience articles, understand them, present and
critically discuss them both orally and in a written form.
- Write concise assignments on a specific aspects of nanoscience.
Lecture notes and additional material, See Absalon
- Project work
Written feedback on the assignements. Collective and continous feedback on the student presentations. Feedback on the oral exam on the written essay and on the performace during the exam.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 min (no preparation time)Continuous assessmentCHANGED in 2018:
Weight: (a) 25% Assignments, (b) 25% Essay, (c) 50% Oral Exam. Parts (b) and (c) must be passed in order to pass the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examiners
Same as the ordinary exam.
The assignments and essay must be completed 2 weeks before the oral re-exam. It is possible to reuse the scores of the assignments and the essay if they were handed in on time.
Criteria for exam assesment
The student should understand and be able to explain the principles and concepts/properties presented in the course, critically discuss the subject of the research article chosen for the essay, and relate all of the conclusions to the five unifying core concepts of nanoscience presented.