NUCLEAR METROLOGY - 2021/2
Module code: PHYM058
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
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|
|School-timetabled exam/test||CLASS TEST - 1 HOUR||50|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 1 : LAB REPORT||25|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 2 : 1500 WORDS ESSAY||25|
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
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 21
Laboratory Hours: 6
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.
Reading list for NUCLEAR METROLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/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|