Site Decommissioning and Environmental Management

Module Title - Site Decommissioning and Environmental Management
Number of credits – 20

Module description

This module seeks to provide the theoretical and applied knowledge base that will underpin a student’s potential future professional activity in this field.

The module syllabus will include: environmental impact of nuclear power; site monitoring strategies and methods; hazard identification and reduction; environmental impact/risk assessment; environmental principles applicable to site decommissioning; decommissioning strategies and technologies; remediation methods; hydrogeological risk assessment and groundwater modelling.

These topics will be illustrated by case studies throughout and student learning will be underpinned by problem-solving exercises based on these case studies.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
    - types and sources of radioactive waste;
    - associated hazards and environmental impacts and safety considerations associated with the Nuclear Fuel Cycle;
     - environmental impacts of nuclear waste management and decommissioning;
     - environmental risk, safety and dose assessments;
     - hazard identification and reduction;
     - legislation and policy;
     - site investigation methods;
     - hydrogeological risk assessment and groundwater modelling;
  • Apply to specific projects/case studies their knowledge and understanding of: environmental, risk, safety and dose assessments; hazard identification and reduction; legislation and policy
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of decommissioning and remediation strategies/technologies to specific projects/case studies
  • Demonstrate: critical thinking, numeracy and ICT skills; commercial/business awareness

Teaching and Assessment

  • Semester 1
  • Assessment - 100% examination.
  • Contact hours –  48 hours contact comprising lectures, computer practicals, and case study workshops.