Practical and Applied Studies A

Module Title - Practical and Applied Studies A
Number of credits – 20

Module description

This module will equip students with practical, professional and employability skills required for a career in the field. The module also gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding from lectures to case studies and real life situations.

The module consists of 3 components: physics laboratory studies; materials and analysis laboratory studies; computational and numerical analysis. Each component is assessed through coursework.

Physics laboratory practical classes will involve investigating the nature and properties of ionising radiations. The characterisation of radioactive waste, and investigations of the various factors that influence radiation absorption and the choice of shielding materials, will be explored using a range of detector systems.

Materials and analysis laboratory practical classes will equip students with a basic understanding and experience of a range of solid state analysis methods, including x-ray diffraction and e-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

Computational and numerical analysis enables students to apply their knowledge and understanding of computational chemistry to problemsolving exercises and to case studies.

Computational chemistry practical classes will have particular focus on the deployment of atomistic simulation methodologies to understand the structure, stability and reactivity of solid state materials at the atomic level, particularly those with relevance to industrial and energy applications.

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

  • Identify and use: various radiation detection systems for monitoring different radiation types
    - taking into account radiation properties and detector characteristics; suitable radiation detection equipment for the characterisation of component radionuclides in radioactive waste detection equipment for the characterisation of component radionuclides in radioactive waste;
  • Determine the shielding properties of various materials and geometries taking into account the properties of the radiations involved and the physical characteristics of the materials;
  • Analyse and interpret data from a range of analytical techniques;
  • Perform estimates of dose rates, shielding calculations;
  • Produce a range of professional written reports: Practicals – concise scientific reports for describing the aims, methods, measurements, analysis and conclusions, justifying the experimental design using theoretical principles and conclusions; Computational and Numerical methodologies, calculation results and conclusions, justifying predicted properties by judicious use of appropriate methods and conclusions;
  • Demonstrate teamwork, critical thinking, time management skills; numeracy, ICT; interpersonal skills.

Teaching and Assessment

  • Semester 1.
  • Assessment - 100% coursework.
  • Contact hours –  52 hours contact comprising lectures, laboratory and computer practicals.