NANO 101

_______ North Seattle Community College ________________________________________
Math and Sciences Division
Course Establishment Form
Effective Date:Fall 2007
Math and Sciences
Course Number:
NANO 101
Credits: 5
Variable: No
Course Title:
Introduction to Nanotechnology
Inst. Intent:
11 Academic Transfer
Fee: Yes X
CIP: 150614
Type Lab fee
Degree/Certificate Requirement:
Yes X
Name of Degree/Certificate:
Nanotechnology AAS-T
Distribution Requirement for AA/AS:
Identify specific distribution area
Transfer Status to 4-year institution:
Yes X
1 qtr., 11 wks.
Class Size: 20
66 hours
Course Contact Hours:
44 hours
22 hours
This course transfers to the University of Washington as a science
elective: SCI 1XX
If yes, please describe:
Course length:
Yes: X
If yes, please describe:
MATH 097
Required Placement Tests:
If yes, please describe:
Course Description:
Introduction to nanotechnology principles, applications and industry. Topics include basic concepts of
nano/microelectronic and mechanical materials and their resultant properties; applications of
nano/microelectronic and mechanical materials to electronics, magnetics, mechanics, fluidics, optics,
photonics and biotechnology; micro and nano sensors and actuators; introduction to processing,
fabrication, modeling and testing; overview of industry, ethics and careers as they relate to the fastevolving field of nanotechnology
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NSCC General Education Learning Outcomes and/or Related Instructional Outcomes (for
technical courses) Met by Course:
Outcome 1. Think critically in reading and writing.
Outcome 2. Use quantitative reasoning processes to understand, analyze, interpret and solve quantitative
Outcome 10. Identify and understand fundamental concepts of the physical and life sciences and the
effects that the uses of these concepts and resulting technologies have on the individual, on society and
on the biosphere.
Course Outcomes/Learning Objectives:
I. Students should be able to relate the basic concepts of quantum, atomic and molecular physics and
describe how these rules relate to mechanical, electronic, magnetic and photonic properties of materials.
II. Students should be able to list and describe the operating principles behind the most common
equipment used in nanotechnology, such as measurement and analysis equipment, thin-film and plasma
processing equipment, and chemical and biological processing equipment.
III. Students shoud know the industrial areas of application for nanotechnology.
IV. Students should have an understanding of the ethical and societal implications of nanotechnology, and
be able to appraise and criticize statements about those iimplications.
V. Students should know the basic operating protocols in a controlled environment and be able to practice
them in a clean room setting. These protocols include safety and contamination control procedures.
Topical Outline and/or Major Divisions:
I. Background and introduction to nanotechnology
A. The periodic table
B. Energy, quantum physics and the Bohr atom
C. Molecules and phases
i. Solids
ii. Liquids
iii. Gases
iv. Plasmas
D. Vacuum technology
E. Top-down and bottom-up nanotechnology
II. Molecular nanotechnology and measurement
A. Microscopy
i. Electron microscopy
ii. Ion-beam microscopy
iii. Transmission electron beam microscopy
B. Atomic force probe characterization
C. Spectroscopy
D. Self-assembly
III. Nanomaterials in bulk forms
A. Preparation techniques and tools
i. Plasma arcing
ii. Thin-film deposition
iii. Sol-gels
iv. Electrodeposition
B. Material property modification
IV. Nano electronics and photonics
A. Physics of light
i. Reflectance, transmission, absorption
ii. Refraction
iii. Radiation
B. Nano materials and light
i. Solar energy
ii. Light emission
iii. Optical thin films
C. Electronics
i. Background and history
ii. Lithography
iii. Thin-film deposition equipment
iv. Quantum electronic devices
V. Chemical – molecular nanotechnology
A. Molecular switches
B. Molecular manipulators and actuators
VI. Carbon nanotechnology
A. New forms of carbon
B. Formation techniques
C. Prpperties and uses of nanotubes
VII. Biological nanotechnology
A. Introduction
B. Proteins
VIII. Societal impact and the ethics of nanotechnology
A. The split between haves and have-nots
B. Environmental impact
C. Ethics of manipulating DNA
IX. Future applications
A. Micro and nano machines
B. Nanocomputing
C. Active materials
X. Controlled environments
A. Clean rooms
B. Biological environments and sterile technique
C. Safety and lab protocols
Course Requirements (Expectations of Students)
Participate in class and lab activities. Complete assigned work, take scheduled exams and quizzes, and
be prepared to present concepts and topics that have been covered to the class orally or in written form.
Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform specific competencies listed under “Course
Outcomes/Learning Objectives.”
Methods of Assessment/Evaluation:
1. Exams
2. Homework/quizzes
3. Lab work
4. Participation
5. Special projects
Final grades are assigned according to the published grading standards of the course.
Required Text(s) and/or Materials:
As determined by instructor; an example of a textbook appropriate for this course would be Wilson,
Kannangara, Smith, Simmons and Raguse, Nanotechnology: basic science and emerging technologies
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Supplemental Text(s) and/or Materials:
As required by instructor.
Outline Developed by:
Mark Helsel, Jeff Owens
Outline Revised by:
Jim Patterson
Course Establishment Form 2001
le 10/11/01
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