Module code: PHYM041

Module Overview

The module will combine taught sessions and computational/laboratory work, and consists of two parts:


Part 1: FLUKA. Introduction to LINUX system. Monte Carlo simulation of radiation interactions in matter: an introduction to the use of FLUKA simulation software.


Part 2: Project work: Students are allocated are working on groups of 3 to 6 students on an experimental or a literature review based project. Students preferences for the project type are taken into account during the allocation process. The laboratory-based group project typically involves the design and implementation of a radiation physics based investigation, for example setting up detection system based on either a scintillator or semiconductor detector in conjunction with digital and/or analog pulse processing, or designing and implementing and experimental schedule based on radiation physics based methods to carry out an investigation. Students that undertake a library based group literature survey project will investigate a challenging topic at the forefront of medical physics research and are expected to evaluate the most promising routes to overcome these challenges.(2 hours): Oral presentations (in Week 11)


Module provider


Module Leader

SHENTON-TAYLOR Caroline (Physics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: F300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module is taught in two parts:

 Part 1 (10 hours – Dr Seb Galer):


FLUKA Monte Carlo programming:

  • Introduction to LINUX based operating system.

  • Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques in radiation physics

  • Use of FLUKA to carry out a simple detector modelling problem


 Part 2: (21 hours – Dr Annika Lohstroh, Dr Zsolt Podolyak, Prof David Bradley):


Design Project

  • Students will work together in small groups to design a radiation detection based experimental investigation. Students registered for the Medical Physics MSc will do a library-based literature survey project.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PROJECT ORAL PRESETATION 20
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) GROUP PROJECT REPORT 50

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment:

  • Group project report: Students, who fail the Group Project report UoA, will have to carry out a shorter adjusted project during the summer resit period by producing a written report (50 %), about 1500 words in length.
  • Group Project Oral Presentation:  If the Group Project report is not failed but the Oral Presentation is failed, the Oral presentation will be carried out in the resit period.
If both the report and the oral presentation are failed, students will deliver a fresh presentation on the shorter project (15 %), 8 Minutes plus questions The peer review (5 %) will be carried out without modifications in the resit period.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Their understanding of the basic functioning of a Monte Carlo code for particle transport.

  • Their capability to define simple geometries and scenarios in a Monte Carlo code, to make the correct choices for correct and efficient running and to interpret the results.

  • For students undertaking a literature review project, their capability to carry out a bibliographic research, identifying and comparing relevant and recent sources.

  • For students undertaking an experimental project, their capability to define an experimental problem, carry out the relevant background research, design an experiment, and interpret the results.

  • For all students, their capability to work in a team, and to present their results in writing and orally.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  •  Part 1: Two assignments: The first one comprising a short online class test (15 %); The second assignment typically handed out during week 2 and submitted in week 7, consisting of modeling a radiation detection/imaging scenario, complemented with  a brief written justification of the modelling parameters chosen and their impact on the limitations of the results  (max  4000 words) (15 %). Please note individual support to install the modeling software on students' private computers cannot be given; the software will be available in the faculty computing labs which can be accessed in order to carry out the work required for the coursework assignment

  • Part 2:

    • The group project mark counts 50% overall module mark. It is divided into two components: The project report to be submitted in week 12 has a 30 % weighting and will be marked anonymously. The group work contribution of individual students as evidenced by meeting records to be submitted continuously throughout the project period has a 20 % weighting and cannot be marked anonymously as it relies in the information of individiuals recorded in the meeting records.

    • A peer review to be carried out on a draft report, typically due in week 9 (5% overall module mark), and a group presentation, typically taking place in week 11 (15% overall module mark). The presentation cannot be marked anonymously.

Formative assessment and feedback

Continuous verbal feedback will be given during the Monte Carlo classes and the group project work, in particular groups are required to submit a written progress and brief project plan after the first 2 group work sessions. Written feedback is provided on the progress note. In addition, students receive written feedback from their peers and an academic on a draft report (submission in week 8).


Module aims

  • Through laboratory-based lectures and hands-on computing laboratories, sessions, students will learn the basic use and implementation of the FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation software.
  • The module culminates in a group-based project where students develop a complete project of their choice within the limitations of available equipment and technical support.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the basis of Monte Carlo simulation, and be able to design and write a FLUKA simulation programme. KCP
002 Perform a Design Project in a group, and present this work orally KCPT
003 Gain expertise in Monte Carlo modelling for radiation physics problems KCP
004 Gain experience in group work through the design project KCPT
005 Development of oral and communication skills in the presentation of project work PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 119

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 2

Laboratory Hours: 19

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Laboratory based module with some computational laboratory-based teaching.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for EXTENDED GROUP PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym041

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Physics MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Medical Physics MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Radiation and Environmental Protection MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Nuclear Science and Applications MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.