Undergraduate course

Perspectives on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Objectives and Content

The main goal is to introduce the unique features and qualities of nanoscience and -technology, through examples from current research projects within and outside the University of Bergen, examples of nanotechnology in products and issues of ethical and social character related to technology. A partial goal is for the students to get insight into the nature of scientific research as well as dissemination of scientific research. The course consists of a series of lectures presenting current nanoscientific and -technological topics. Each lecture is preceded by a mandatory discussion colloquium. In addition, each student becomes an intern in a research group on a weekly basis, to get insight into a specific nanoscience research problem and relevant methods. The student is presented with written material as a basis for the internship and is expected to present a report over the research stay. The report is subject to approval. At the end of the semester, the student presents the project in terms of a poster.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • exemplify the concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnology and explain the unique qualities of this field of science.
  • explain important instrumental methods for unraveling of the nanostructure of materials.
  • explain important classes of nanostructured materials and their manufacturing.
  • tell about different kinds of nanoscientific research at the University of Bergen.
  • discuss how technology and society influence each other.
  • present a topic through written reports, poster and oral presentation.
  • explain the nature of scientific research and how it is conducted.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participate in at least 10 of 12 lectures. Participate in at least 10 of 12 colloquia. Internship in a scientific research group including the preparation of a project report. Produce a poster presenting the science of the assigned research project during internship. Prepare an oral presentation based on the poster.The mandatory work is valid the two next semesters after approval, i.e. a total of three subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

NANO100 is evaluated by portfolio assessment with four elements:

  • Multiple-choice test
  • Project assignment
  • Poster
  • Oral presentation

In order to give the oral presentation the student must have approved participation in the mandatory activities, including compulsory attendance in lectures and colloquium and completed internship according to the required hours for attendance in the research group as documented by the journal. The portfolio is assessed as Passed/Failed. In order to obtain the grade "Passed" for the NANO100 course the student must pass all the individual portfolio elements, multiple-choice test, project assignment, poster and oral presentation.

Grading Scale


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam