Search results - The Fundamental Science of Nanotechnology
|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
Oxford Qualification - Part-time
|Dates||Mon 13 Jan to Sun 23 Mar 2014|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286954.|
Particles and structures at the nano-scale demonstrate phenomena not seen at other length scales. This online course is designed to cover the science behind the phenomena that arise when considering materials at the nano scale. It provides a good grounding in the scientific equations and principles that an understanding of nanotechnologies requires. In this module we also consider some of the common nanostructures that are currently being developed and used in nanotechnology applications such as quantum dots, nanotubes and fullerenes, together with their applications including Quantum computing.
The Fundamental Science of Nanotechnology online course can be taken alone, with or without credit, or as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology.
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The part-time online course introduces the fundamental science behind the phenomena that result from the nanometre scale. Such behaviour encompasses effects, structures, properties and processes that are quite different to those observed in bulk systems. In particular, the course examines the theoretical foundations of these phenomena and their applications by exploring:
- The mathematical description of these nanoscale phenomena
- Common nanoscale structures, their fabrication, properties and applications, such as: quantum wires, quantum dots, carbon nanostructures and quantum computing
- The effect of the collective oscillation of electrons in metal nanoparticles
It is evident that using the behaviours that arise from nanoscale structures have a great potential for improving many existing applications. The course gives a foundation in the science and understanding of the principles that underlie nano-scale behaviour which are essential to optimising these desired effects.
Overall the course has been designed so that students can study it in the way that works for them. However you want to study, we are aware that this is easiest to do if you are given some idea of the assumptions that have been made about how to get the most out of the module; these are:
- You should study between 10 and 15 hours each week, including all your reading, writing and thinking about the course
- Each unit should take approximately a week to study. The units will make the most sense if studied in the order in which they are presented but can be studied in any order
- There are a series of review questions designed to let you know whether you have understood a unit, whilst other activities make you draw your learning together
- You should work on the module level activities in parallel with studying the main materials
The Fundamental Science of Nanotechnology course begins in January and runs for ten weeks. The course is divided into ten units, each of which is designed to take approximately one week to study:
- An introduction to the mathematical tools that will be required and common nanostructures
- The transport effects that are affected by the nanometre length scale
- The important mechanical effects that are modified at the nanometre length scale
- The effect of the nanometre length scale on various optical effects
- An introduction to quantum wires and dots, their structure and properties
- An overview of the applications in which quantum dots can be used
- The structure, variety, production and application of carbon and inorganic nanotubes
- The scattering effects that are observed with nanoparticles
- An explanation of the combined oscillation of electrons in metal nanoparticles
- A final module summary
Dr Christiane Norenberg
Role: Director & Tutor
Dr Victor Burlakov
Professor Peter J Dobson
The overall purpose of the course is to:
- Apply basic mathematical operations to nanoscale phenomena in order to solve practical problems
- Acquire a basic understanding of the principles underpinning phenomena that result from nanoscale structures
- Explain the collective effects that occur in nanostructures
- Explain the optical effects that occur with nanoparticles
- Highlight the major applications of nanoscale phenomena and structures
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Those successfully completing the couse for credit can apply to receive a CATS point transcript.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
- Programme Fee
- Short course fee: £2370.00
Apply for this course
You can take this course in one of three ways:
- Alone not for credit
- Alone for CATS-equivalent credit
- As part of Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology
How to apply
If you would like to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology please visit the Programme page.
To apply for a module as a short course please use the documents below.
Application deadline: 11 December 2013
Early application is strongly recommended. Completed applications must have been received at least 14 days before the first day of the course.
- Your application can only be fully considered when an application form is supplied complete with payment or purchase order number
- Please note no payments are processed until a student has been accepted onto the course
- Your application will require a copy of your CV, and if you wish to take the course for credit, a reference.
Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.
If your chosen course is full it is possible to submit a completed application form which, if successful, will be added to the waiting list. You will then be given the opportunity to attend should a place become available.
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