Introduction to Nanoscience (NANO*1000)

Code and section: NANO*1000*01

Term: Fall 2012

Instructor: Christian Schultz-Nielsen


Course Information


Christian Schultz-Nielsen, Department of Physics, 330, x53985

Office Hours

I will be available, in my office, after lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

You are welcome to consult me at any other time for help. However, I do not live in my office, so it is in your best interests to contact me first by e-mail, to either set up a time or see if I’m in.

Academic Resource

Peggy Pritchard, CPES Liaison Librarian, x54626


Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 to 9:20 AM in MacKinnon 228


We will not be using a textbook, but will be referring to your other science course textbooks (primarily those from IPS*1500 and CHEM*1400) 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 an 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.

First: Learning Resources for First-year Students at the Library

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, to find out about Supported Learning Groups, and to make individual appointments with staff or peer helpers.

Course Evaluation

Module Assignments Weight
Academic Module Assignments (5 x 10%) 50%
Guest Lecture Module Response Papers (5 x 2%) 10%
E-Journal Module Paper and Peer Review 40%

Note: There is no midterm or final exam for this course.

Course Policies

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

Because many of the lectures in this course will involve active student participation to steer the conversation, lecture notes (in PDF format) will only be made available on CourseLink after each lecture.

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. Be constructive of your peers’ opinions and contributions, and be willing to speak up when you feel you have something to add to the conversation!

Adaptations or Accommodations

Students who need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or who have emergency medical information to share, are encouraged to please speak to me during the first two weeks of classes.

Students who require accommodation on the basis of religious obligations are referred to the policy at.

Electronic Recording of Classes

The electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without the prior consent of the instructor. This prohibition extends to all components of the course, including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, and lab instruction, whether conducted by the instructor or a seminar leader or demonstrator, or other designated person. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Academic Misconduct

The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community faculty, staff, and students to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring. University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University’s policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection.

Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with the course instructor or a faculty member.

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Course Assessment

The Department of Physics requires student assessment of all courses taught by the Department. These assessments provide essential feedback to faculty on their teaching by identifying both strengths and possible areas of improvement. In addition, annual student assessment of teaching provides part of the information used by the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee in evaluating the faculty member’s contribution in the area of teaching.

The Department’s teaching evaluation questionnaire invites student response both through numerically quantifiable data, and written student comments. In conformity with University of Guelph Faculty Policy, the Department Tenure and Promotions Committee only considers comments signed by students (choosing “I agree” in question 14). Your instructor will see all signed and unsigned comments after final grades are submitted. Written student comments may also be used in support of a nomination for internal and external teaching awards.

Note: No information will be passed on to the instructor until after the final grades have been submitted.