KJM351 Experimental radioecology
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Course responsible: Ole Christian Lind
Teachers: Ole Christian Lind, Lindis Skipperud, Tove Loftaas, Deborah Helen Oughton, Marit Betty Nandrup Pettersen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN
Limits of class size:
Maximum 12 and minimum 5 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course is held in the January block. This course has teaching in the January block, while the evaluation part is during the spring parallell.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
M-KJEMI, M-MINA, M-RAD.
Lectures: Radioecology and the transport and mobility of radioactive substances in various ecosystems. Radioactive sources and species (speciation) and the use of advanced methods in radioecology. Laboratory exercises: Sources and radioactive particles (electron microscopy). Radiochemical separation methods, various tracer techniques and advanced measurement methods including particle characterisation and mass spectrometric techniques. Speciation, mobility and biological uptake. Semester thesis: An independently chosen topic.
The students are expected to have an overview over radioecology and be able to conduct experimental radio-ecological studies. The course gives a thorough introduction to radiochemistry including tracer techniques, radiochemical separation techniques as well as advanced measurement methods that are used in radioecology. In addition to radioactive sources, the course also focuses on species (speciation), transport, mobility, biological uptake and the effect of radiation as well as assessment of environmental impact and risks related to radioactive contamination. The students will have knowledge of radioactive sources and understand the transport of radioactive substances in various ecosystems, understand the basis for environmental impact and risk assessments and be become able to conduct radioecological studies using tracer techniques, radiochemical separation techniques and advanced measurement methods. The students will have insight in environmental impact and risk assements and the use of effective countermeasures, i.e. competence that is needed within national preparedness associated with radioactive contamination. The students will learn and obtain experience with how to prepare and deliver effective oral and written presentations of technical information and scientific results. They will learn to think critically and solve complex and multidisciplinary problems, as well as learn to accurately interpret current research literature.
Lectures and lab. Lab journal and 4 lab assignments. Approved lab journal is a prerequisite for taking the exam.
G. R. Choppin, J.-O. Liljenzin and J. Rydberg. Radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry. 4th ed., 2013. Supporting literature: Published articles.
MATH100, FYS100, KJM350 (is strongly recommended).
The laboratory journal counts 1/4. The project report counts 1/4. Final written examination (3.5 hours) counts 2/4. All parts of the exam must be passed.
Total of 300 hours. Lectures: 40 hours. Laboratory exercises: 24 hours. Case study: 4 hours. Laboratory demonstrations: 2 hours. Own effort (self study, hand-in laboratory report, semester thesis). Guided semester thesis: time used depends on the individual.
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits against KJM353
Type of course:
Lectures: 40 hours. Laboratory exercises: 24 hours. Case study: 4 hours. Laboratory demonstrations: 2 hours. Own effort (self study, hand-in laboratory report, semester thesis). Guided semester thesis: time used depends on the individual.
The course runs over 2 weeks in October following KJM350 that is organised in the August block (same semester). This course (Experimental radioecology) or the associated course KJM353 (Radioecology) is compulsory for the Master"s degree programmes in Radioeology and in Chemistry, specialisation Radiochemistry. The course is recommended for the Master"s degree programme in Environment and Natural Resources and in Chemistry, specialization in Environmental Chemistry.
An external examiner will be used for the assessment of the written examination.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått