Recommendations for taking this subject
The “Preparation of Nanostructured Materials” module is obligatory and counts for 8 ECTS credits or 200 student work hours. Of these 8 credits, 6 are for theory and 2 correspond to laboratory practicals. The course is given in the first term of the academic year. As with the other modules in this Master's, this module is taught and assessed completely in English.
The objective of this module is to show the student the various chemical and physical methods for preparing nanostructured materials.
This is an eminently practical module where students analyse, debate and evaluate different nanostructured materials manufacturing methods. The theory classes are accompanied and complemented by four practicals through which the students can see up close in the laboratory the difficulties and advantages of the different preparation methods for these materials, with access to highly specialised equipment that they will be able to use - under supervision of the staff - as there will be so few people per group (3-4 students).
As the whole course is taught in English, students need to have an upper-intermediate level in the language: minimum level B1 in the European Common Framework Language Reference, but preferably level B2. Level B1 is reached when the student is able to understand the main points of clear, standard-language texts when covering known matters - whether in terms of work, study or leisure; when able to cope in most situations which the student encounters during a trip to places where the language is spoken; when able to write simple, coherent texts on familiar topics or those in which the student has an interest; and when able to describe experiences, happenings, wishes and ambitions as well as briefly justify opinions or explain plans. B2 is achieved when the student is able to understand the main ideas of complex texts that deal with both specific and abstract topics, even if these are technical - though within the field of specialisation; when able to communicate with native speakers with the degree of fluency and ease such that the communication takes place without effort on either side; and when able to write clear, detailed texts on diverse subjects as well as defend a point of view on general topics - giving the pros and cons of the different options.
Dates and key points for the subject
Classes for this module start at the end of module 1 (around the beginning of November) and continue for some 5 or 6 weeks.
The classes and laboratory practicals are given in the afternoon and the calendar for these and the exam dates will be published prior to the beginning of each academic year in the web page for the Master's: www.unizar.es/nanomat