NUCLEAR METROLOGY - 2021/2
Module code: PHYM058
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The course provides an introduction to nuclear metrology. The module is provided in collaboration with the Nuclear Metrology Group at NPL and includes a full, one day laboratory session, on site at NPL.
REGAN Patrick (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F351
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 75
Tutorial Hours: 5
Guided Learning: 37
Captured Content: 33
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Mr S Jerome
Introduction to radiation metrology
Dr. P Ivanov
Dr. Ben Russell
Dr G Lorusso /
Nuclear data. Why is important? How to measure? Where to get data from?
At NPL/subject to H&S arrangements
Dr. Peter Ivanov ;
Dr. Ben Russell ;
Mr. Andrew Pearce
Radiochemical separation (3h)
Liquid scintillation counter (3h)
Source preparation (3h)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Online Scheduled Summative Class Test||ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) TEST WITHIN 24HR WINDOW||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both knowledge across the whole breadth of the module and a deeper cognitive/analytical ability alongside deeper knowledge in specified areas.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Class Test (1 hour): 10 short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module.
formal laboratory report (5-10 pages): lab report on an experiment performed at NPL
Essay (1500 words): Essay questions aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on nuclear metrology.
Formative assessment and feedback
- Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and during laboratory works.
Written feedback is given on coursework 1 (class test), which is submitted and returned to the students in advance of coursework 2 and 3 (lab report and essay).
- To provide an understanding of nuclear metrology for applications in the nuclear industry, environmental monitoring and nuclear medicine.
|1||Gain an understanding of the basic concepts of nuclear metrology|
|2||Be able to discuss and assess the importance of calibrations standards, quality assurance and uncertainties|
|3||Be able to discuss problems inherent to nuclear forensic and nuclear dating|
|4||Be able to discuss how to demonstrate that measurements of radioactivity are accurate and follow national standards.|
|5||Ability to discuss the problems inherent in nuclear metrology.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching methods include:
•Lectures [21 hours]
•Laboratory work [6 hours]
•Coursework [120 hours]
The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course, including one day laboratory work at NPL.
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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: PHYM058
Programmes this module appears in
|Physics MSc||2||Optional||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 2021/2 academic year.