Introduction to Nanoscience (NANO*1000)

Code and section: NANO*1000*01

Term: Fall 2010

Instructor: De-Tong Jiang


Course Information


De-Tong Jiang, Department of Physics, MACN 223, x53982
Dan Thomas, Department of Chemistry, SCIE 2504, x53961

Academic Resource

Peggy Pritchard, CPES Liaison Librarian, x54626


Mon, Wed, Fri. 8:30 - 9:20 in MACK 229


We will not be using a textbook, but will be referring to your other science course textbooks as well as resources in the library and on the web.

Course Material

This course is designed to be an introduction to the field of nanoscience, to establish a educational community, and to aid all of you in your transition to the university learning environment. It is also the objective of the course to demonstrate the connection from nanoscience to the other sciences and mathematics. The hope is that the interdisciplinarity of nanoscience will create a context for the study and learning of all scientific disciplines.

We also hope that you will find the learning environment to be unique and stimulating and provide you with learning skills and perspectives that will help you throughout your university career and on into a lifetime of learning.

Professional and Academic Integrity

You are entering a career as a scientist. The success of modern science demands that everyone approach their studies and research with complete integrity. No falsifying of data. No claiming as your own the work of another. A scientist of integrity begins with a science student of integrity. The University of Guelph is committed to helping you develop your professional integrity. As such, you are asked to pursue your studies with complete integrity. We will investigate what this means and help you to see how to achieve this now and throughout your career.

Class Preparedness

Bring pen, paper, calculator, lap-top computer to classes. We want to be using these a lot because you will often be working in small groups. Learning is all about participation. We are going to try to give you many opportunities to be engaged in your education. Please come every time to class and come prepared to be an active participant.

First: Learning resources for first-year students

First is a collection of resources, services, and technologies designed to help make the transition to university learning smooth and successful. Visit the First website to register for workshops, find out about Supported Learning Groups, and make individual appointments with staff or peer helpers.

Course Evaluation

  • Four Academic Modules - 60% (4 x 15%)
  • Guest Lecture Module - Responses -10% (5 x 2%)
  • E-Journal Project - 30%
Assignment Due Date Topic Value
Module 1: Various assignments various dates Spiderman: Wall Climber 15%
Module 2: Various assignments various dates Spiderman: Web Slinger 15%
Module 3: Various assignments various dates Spiderman: Super-villains and Nanomedicine 15%
Module 4: Various assignments various dates Conflict in Nanoscience 15%
Response Paper #1 Monday, Sept. 27 at 11:59 P.M. Guest Lecture Session 1 2%
Response Paper #2 Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 11:59 P.M. Guest Lecture Session 2 2%
Response Paper #3 Monday, Oct. 25 at 11:59 P.M. Guest Lecture Session 3 2%
Response Paper #4 Monday, Nov. 8 at 11:59 P.M. Guest Lecture Session 4 2%
Response Paper #5 Monday, Nov. 22 at 11:59 P.M. Guest Lecture Session 5 2%
Paper for e-Journal Friday, Dec. 10 at 11:59 P.M. Content and Expression
Citations and References
Paper for e-Journal Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 11:59 P.M. Peer Review 7.5%