PHYSICS 7560 - Radioactivity, Radiation Detection & Dosimetry
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7560 Course Radioactivity, Radiation Detection & Dosimetry Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week (weeks 1-6) plus 2-week intensive practicals Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Corequisites PHYSICS 7561 Course Description This course is the first in the Graduate Certificate of Radiation Management and aims to provide an overall understanding of the basic properties of radiation physics. Consisting of 12 topics delivered via 2-weekly online lectures, students will begin learning the fundamental characteristics of radioactivity, including atom structure and properties of energy transfer. This theory is then propelled into real-world applications of radiation use and radiation detection, and finally students will gain foundational insight into dosimetry concepts of ionising radiation. Students will solidify their theory-based learning by engaging in an on-campus, intensive-week of lab practicals held at the end of Semester. Each student will complete 4 x 4 hour practical components aimed at exposing students to both career-level techniques as well as unique specialist equipment.
Course Coordinator: Dr James McEvoy-May
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental aspects of radiation physics, including the structure of the atom, radioactive decay, applications of radiation and the natural decay series, and compare the concepts of energy deposition during interactions of radiation and matter.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of radiation detections techniques across different emission types of radiation, including Alpha, Beta and Gamma, and describe the use of specific techniques across different workforces.
3. Explain basic mathematical concepts and modelling strategies relating to radiation dosimetry and radiation science.
4. Engage in lab-based practicals based on content delivered through the course including radioactivity, detection, and personal dosimetry.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course material for the 12 Topics is delivered online via MyUni. Students will work through 2 topics per week (4 hrs of recorded lectures) and prepare answers to assignment questions.
There are also compulsory residential lab-based components which will occur in person at the University of Adelaide at the end of the semester.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student should expect to spend on average 8 hours per week on the theoretical study. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures and assignments), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision). Then the final lab-based intensive week will encompass lab practicals, related assignments, the exam, and any related revision, and thus students should expect to spend approximately 60 hours on this content.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course content will include the following:
1. Atomic and nuclear structure
2. Mathematical concepts
4. Interaction of radiation with matter
5. Energy deposition - Part 1
6. Energy deposition – Part 2
7. Applications of radiation and radioactivity
8. Uranium, Thorium, and Radon
9. Alpha particle spectrometry
10. Beta and Gamma detection and spectrometry
11. Radiation dosimetry
12. Computer modelling of radiation dose
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled practical laboratories. The practicals will be scheduled over 1 week, to allow remote learners the opportunity to complete all practicals in an intensive style program. Some of the learning outcomes are dependent on laboratory experience and practice. Therefore, missing any practical class or failing to submit a reasonable attempt at any practical report in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to compensate for missed practical sessions.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Assignment Formative and Summative Week 3 and 5 30% LO1, 2, and 3 Practical Report Summative Exam week 1 30% LO4 Exam Summative Exam week 1 40% LO1, 2, and 3
Assessment DetailAssignments (30%)
Students will complete two assignment on topics specific to the topics covered in this course. One on radioactivity and energy deposition (15%) and one on radiation detection (15%). Each assignment may consist of short and long answer questions.
Students will complete 4 x 4 hour practicals in person in the School of Physical Sciences advanced undergraduate laboratories and the Prescott Environmental Luminescence Group laboratories at the University of Adelaide. Attendance at these practicals is compulsory. Students will complete a practical report (20%) and their practical lab book will be assessed (10%). Students will be provided with sample reports or rubrics with guidelines on report structure and approximate length.
The final 3-hour examination will assess all the components of the course. It may consist of multiple choice, short-answer, and/or long-answer questions
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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