Course code KJM352

KJM352 Radiation and radiation protection

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Course responsible: Lindis Skipperud
Teachers: Tove Loftaas, Marit Betty Nandrup Pettersen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum 15 and minimum 5 students and together with KJM350.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Chemistry, Radioecology, Environment and Natural Resources; M-KJEMI;M-RAD; M-MINA
Course contents:
Lectures: The properties of radionuclides including half life, radiation types and radiotoxicity. The biological effects of radiation and radiation protection. The use of simple measurement methods (alpa, beta, gamma radiation). Laboratory exercises: Simple tracer methods and the use of simple measurement methods for alpha radiation, beta radiation and gamma radiation in qualitative and quantitative analyses. The more challenging parts of the syllabus may be reviewed.
Learning outcome:
Students will have an understanding of the properties of radionuclides and emitted ionising radiation, the use of radioactive tracers and simple measurement methods as well as radiation protection. The course will provide the students with working permission related to the use of open, ionising radiation sources in their future work. The students will after the course: Understand the properties of radiouclides including half life, radiation types and radiotoxicity. Have insight into the biological effects of radiation and effective radiation protection. Be able to use simple tracer methods and simple measurement methods for alpha radiation, beta radiation and gamma radiation for qualitative and quantitative analysis applied to research projects. Have sufficient knowledge of radioactive substances and radiation protection for students to be approved as users of ionising sources that they can use in their research projects. Knowledge is important in reducing unnecessary fears and anxiety related to radioactivity among the population.
Learning activities:
Radiochemistry including the knowledge about radioactive nuclides and radiation is an experimental subject where lectures and laboratory exercises are well integrated. The lectures are used for developing a basic understanding of the atom core and the nature of radiation and how one can use the properties of the radionuclides for quantitative and qualitative analysis. The laboratory exercises are adjusted to the lectures so that theoretical lectures are translated into practical laboratory work. Through laboratory journals, the students learning abilities are evaluated. Through 3 laboratory exercises, the student is to gain a practical introduction to all the central parts of the syllabus. The examination cannot be taken unless the journals have been approved. A passed examination gives a student permission to use ionising sources in his or her research projects.
Teaching support:
Lectures. Guidance related to laboratory work, literature, and writing of journals.
G. R. Choppin, J.-O. Liljenzin and J. Rydberg Radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry. 3rd ed., 2002. Supporting literature: published articles.
KJM100, KJM120
Recommended prerequisites:
MATH100, FYS100.
Final written 3-hour examination. Written examination (3 hours).
Nominal workload:
About 150 hours totally
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 ECTS reduction to KJM350
Type of course:
The lectures and exercises are given in the August block together with KJM350 course. The students will work with laboratory reports and exam is given in the autumn semester.
An external examiner will assess the written examination
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått