PHYSICS 7563 - Radiation Safety in the Workplace

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course is the fourth in the Graduate Certificate of Radiation Management and is split into two sections, the application of radiation safety in medicine, industry, and research, and then secondly in mining and processing raw materials. Students will first learn radiation safety procedures in applications of medicine, industry, and research, and then learn how to manage cases accidents and incidents from the position of a radiation safety officer. Then students will learn the safety requirements involved in mining and the processing of naturally occurring raw materials, as well as identify the regulations and protections in place for these industries.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSICS 7563
    Course Radiation Safety in the Workplace
    Coordinating Unit Physics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (weeks 7-12)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PHYSICS 7560, PHYSICS 7561
    Corequisites PHYSICS 7562
    Course Description This course is the fourth in the Graduate Certificate of Radiation Management and is split into two sections, the application of radiation safety in medicine, industry, and research, and then secondly in mining and processing raw materials. Students will first learn radiation safety procedures in applications of medicine, industry, and research, and then learn how to manage cases accidents and incidents from the position of a radiation safety officer. Then students will learn the safety requirements involved in mining and the processing of naturally occurring raw materials, as well as identify the regulations and protections in place for these industries.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr James McEvoy-May

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the radiation safety requirements in medical, industrial and laboratory industries.
    2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the radiation safety requirements in mining and processing of naturally occurring radioactive material industries.
    3. Describe and explain the duties of a radiation safety officer including how to prepare radiation safety management plans and discuss the management of radiation in the workplace, in the scientific and community context.
    4. Engage in lab-based practicals based on content delivered through the course including monitoring and calibration.
    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.

    1-4

    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.

    1-4

    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.

    4

    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.

    1-4

    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.

    1-3

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1-4

    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.

    4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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.
    Workload

    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 Summary
    1. Medical Sector
    2. Industrial Sector
    3. Agricultural Sector
    4. Laboratory Sector
    5. Nuclear Sector – Nuclear Power
    6. Nuclear Sector – Nuclear Submarines
    7. Workplace Exposures
    8. Radiation protection for NORM
    9. Radiation protection for mining
    10. Mining Regulations
    11. Public exposure and protection
    12. Public and Media Relations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assignment Formative and Summative Week 10 and 13 30% LO1, 2, and 3
    Practical Report Summative Exam week 1 30% LO4
    Exam Summative Exam week 1 40% LO1, 2, and 3
    Assessment Detail
    Assignments (55%)
    Students will complete two assignments on topics specific to the topics covered in this course. One on sector-specific radiation safety (15%) and one on practical regulations and communication strategies (15%). Each assignment may consist of short and long answer questions.
    In addition, students will create a radiation management plan based on a provided scenario (25%)

    Practicals (5%)
    Students will complete 2 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 lab book which will be assessed (5%). 

    Exam (40%)
    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
    Submission
    If 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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