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Engineering Small Worlds: Micro and Nano Technologies, Short Course

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The Engineering Small Worlds: Micro and Nano Technologies programme offered by The Open University UK demonstrates how matter can be manipulated at the atomic and molecular scale to serve the engineering needs of society for ever-smaller systems acting as intelligent monitors, controllers and micro-environments. 


The Engineering Small Worlds: Micro and Nano Technologies programme offered by The Open University UK covers: science at the micro and nano scales; engineering micro and nano-scale systems; structural/inertial devices; electronic/optical devices; and fluidic/biological devices. The module examines how micro and nano technologies are being advanced. 

You’ll also gain a firm grounding in engineering on both micro and nano scales, through the detailed study of how scientific and engineering principles are applied to the design and manufacture of real devices.

The module examines the development of micro- and nano-scale devices in terms of their engineering and operation. Mechanical, electrical, chemical and biological engineering of these ‘small worlds’ is revolutionising our lives through devices smaller than the eye can see. Aspects of this ‘unseen’ engineering are investigated in the light of scientific principles and the practical constraints they impose. A selection of applications, chosen to illustrate how engineering solutions are achieved on the micro and nano scales, is described.

You will have a tutor who will help with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day-schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where the tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Study materials:

  • Structural and inertial systems 
  • Electronic and optical devices
  • Working with nature

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with The Open University.
  • You must be familiar with the principal concepts of mechanics, dynamics, materials and electricity. Familiarity with algebraic expressions, calculus notation and mathematical models in general is necessary. 

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