Course code KJM353

KJM353 Radioecology

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Course responsible: Ole Christian Lind
Teachers: Lindis Skipperud, Deborah Helen Oughton, Marit Betty Nandrup Pettersen, Brit Salbu
ECTS credits: 5
Department: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course is held during 2.5 weeks 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: 2011H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
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. Biological effects of ionizing radiation. Laboratory demonstrations: 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.
Learning outcome:
The students are expected to have an overview over radioecology and be able to conduct experimental radioecological 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.
Learning activities:
Radioecology including the use of modern methods in radioecological research is an experimental subject where lectures and laboratory exercises are integrated. The lectures are used for developing a basic understanding of radioactive sources and the transport of radionuclides in various ecosystems as well as the basis for modern radioecological methods. The laboratory exercises are adjusted to the lectures so that theory is transferred into practical laboratory work. Through laboratory demonstrations (24 hours), the students will get a practical introduction to central parts of the syllabus. A hand-in laboratory exercise must be approved before the written examination.
Teaching support:
Case-studies included in some lectures.
G. R. Choppin, J.-O. Liljenzin and J. Rydberg. Radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry. 4th ed., 2013. Supporting literature: Published articles.
Recommended prerequisites:
MATH100, FYS100, KJM350/KJM352
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises and hand-in laboratory report.
Final written examination counts 100% (A-F; 3,5 hours). The exam is divided into 3 parts. All parts of the exam must be passed to pass the exam.
Nominal workload:
Total of 150 hours. Lectures: 48 hours. Laboratory exercises: 24 hours. Case study: 4 hours. Laboratory demonstrations: 2 hours. Own effort (self study, hand-in laboratory report): 72 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits against KJM351
Type of course:
Lectures: 48 hours. Laboratory exercises: 24 hours. Case study: 4 hours. Laboratory demonstrations: 2 hours.
The course will be arranged in parallell with KJM351 over 2.5 weeks in January. This course or the associated course KJM351 is obligatory for the Masters degree programme in Chemistry, specialisation Radiochemistry. This course or the associated course KJM351 is recommended for the Masters degree in Environment and Natural Resources and for the Masters degree in Chemistry, specialisation Environmental Chemistry. The course corresponds to KJM351 "Experimental radioelogy" with the same lectures but without term paper and without full laboratory exercises and laboratory reports. The course includes demonstration of laboratory exercises including a hand-in exercise.
An external examiner will be used for the assessment of the written examination.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått

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