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HSCI 312 - Radiation Science Fundamentals
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College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences HSCI 312 - Radiation Science Fundamentals
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Course Information

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MA 224, PHYS 221
Semesters: Fall
Syllabus: click here
Catalog description:

This course introduces principles and concepts related to nuclear energetics, radioactive decay, the interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Fundamental concepts related to atomic and sub-atomic physical processes as well as relevant aspects of modern physics are briefly reviewed. Students gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of radiation protection by participating in a radiological emergency response exercise (RERE).
Instructor's description:
This course introduces principles and concepts related to radioactive decay, the interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, dosimetry and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. The course briefly reviews fundamental concepts related to atomic and sub-atomic physical processes as well as relevant aspects of modern physics, including selected aspects of the Special Theory of Relativity, wave/particle duality and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The course emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills over rote memorization, and students are expected to become proficient at manipulating the quantities and units used in the radiation sciences. Students are also expected to become adept at using critical thinking and problem solving skills to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental radiation science concepts. Students will gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of radiation protection by participating in radiological emergency response training.

Upon completion of this course, students should:

Textbook: J.K. Shultis and R.E. Faw, Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2nd edition, CRC Press (September 7, 2007)

Course Staff

Instructor: Ulrike Dydak


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