Module code: PHYM036

Module Overview

The module will provide students with practical skills and background knowledge needed to work in a radiation laboratory. Laboratory sessions are designed to provide the student with practical experience in handling radioactive substances, detectors and instrumentation.

Module provider


Module Leader

PODOLYAK Zsolt (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: 99

Laboratory Hours: 45

Guided Learning: 6

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content






Prof W N Catford

Dr S Pani

Prof Z Podolyák

Dr C Shanton-Taylor


Scripted experiments that students undertake in pairs, one per week.  Students undertake 8 one week experiments. These will be preceeded by radiation safety talks and completion of the necessary paperwork.





Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment LAB REPORT 1 34
Practical based assessment LAB REPORT 2 33
Practical based assessment LAB REPORT 3 33

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of concepts behind Radiation Laboratory Skills, both in term of the understanding of the laboratory equipment and understanding of the physics behind the experiments. 


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 3 formal laboratory reports (10 pages each)- The assessment of 3 marked laboratory experimental reports from work carried out in the radiation laboratory which makes up 100% of the total module mark (34%, 33%, 33%). One report should be submitted by Tuesday 16.00 of week 8 and two further reports by 16.00 on Tuesday of week 12 in Semester 1


Formative assessment and feedback

The formal laboratory reports will be marked and commented upon. In addition the students get feedback, in form in help with the experiments and explanation of physics, during the laboratory exercises.


Module aims

  • To provide the student with the comprehensive understanding of the experimental use of radioactive materials, radiation counting, spectroscopy equipment, dosimetry measurements and standard radiation experimental techniques. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Systematic understanding of the fundamental processes involved with the interaction of X- and gamma-ray photons, charged particles and neutrons with matter
002 Critical analysis and self-directed problem solving of the practical aspects of handling radioactive substances and the ability to extract qualitative and quantitative information about the emitted radiations
003 Understand basic evaluation of experimental data using standard statistical methods
004 Confidence in handling radioactive materials
005 Application of statistical analysis techniques to specialised radiometric data through appropriate software tools
006 Application of skills in an experimental context for the measurement for various radiation emissions in terms of both dosimetry and spectroscopy
007 Maintain a laboratory diary at a level appropriate of a professional scientist
008 Critically analyse and summarise data
009 Provide concise and accurate reporting of findings, including limitations resulting from an appreciation of equipment capability and the availability of calibration standards

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Laboratory-based experimental work. 48 hours in the laboratory, performing 8 experiments (6 hours each).

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Physics MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Radiation and Environmental Protection MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Nuclear Science and Applications MSc 1 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 2022/3 academic year.