Nuclear Radiation and Dosimetry

Module Title - Nuclear Radiation and Dosimetry
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module is designed to equip students with an understanding of the ways in which ionising radiation interacts with matter, methods used for detecting radiation and processing the resulting signals, concepts of radiation dosimetry, and the principles of radiological protection based on an understanding of the effects of radiation on biological systems.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
     - Types of radioactivity, principles of nuclear radiation and decay; the processes by which the various types of ionising radiation interact with matter and how these can be exploited in detectors construction and operation of the principal types of detector;
      - definitions of basic dosimetric quantities and the differences between them; practical methods of determining dose;
     - the different effects (both deterministic and stochastic) of ionising radiation on human populations;
     - the bases of national/international regulations covering work with ionising radiations;
      - principles of radiation protection;
  • Identify appropriate detector systems for particular applications; monitor and detect radiation;
  • Characterise radiation sources and identify appropriate protection strategies;
  • Calculate estimates of dose rate;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking numeracy & ICT skill.

Teaching and Assessment

  • Semester 1
  • Assessment - 100% examination