Course code KJM350

KJM350 Radiochemistry

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Course responsible: Lindis Skipperud
Teachers: Ole Christian Lind, Marit Betty Nandrup Pettersen, Deborah Helen Oughton, Brit Salbu, Lene Valle
ECTS credits: 10
Department: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum 15 and minimum 5 students and together with KJM352.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, and also in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
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. Understand that radioactivity is a phenomenon that humans have always been exposed to, and that radioactivity can be used for good purposes (cancer therapy) and that measures can be implemented for reducing the unwanted effects of radioactive radiation. Knowledge is important in reducing unnecessary fears and anxiety related to radioactivity among the population. 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.
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 6 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.
Mandatory activity:
First lecture is obligatory. All laboratory excersises are obligatory.
Laboratory reports/journals (6 journals have to be approved before the final examination) and a final written 3-hour examination. Laboratory journals count for 50% of the grade. Written examination (3 hours) counts for 50% of the grade. Both of the exam elements must have a passed grade to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
300 hours total.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 22 hours. Laboratory exercises: 6 exercises: 30 hours. Journal writing and questions answered.
The lectures and exercises are given in the August block. The students will work with some laboratory exercises and the laboratory reports and repetition lectures are given in the autumn semester. The course forms the basis for KJM351 Radioecology, which can be followed in the autumn semester (same year). Compulsory for the Master"s degree in Radiochemistry/Radioecology. Recommended for the Master"s degree in Environmental Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry as well as for the Master"s degree in Environment and Natural Resources.
An external examiner will assess the written examination.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått

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