Objectives and Content
Objectives and content:
The aim of this course is to give a thorough introduction to radioactivity as well as central concepts in radiochemistry. Radiochemical principles are seen in conjunction with chemical concepts and other fields where radiochemical principles can be utilized. Those examples are from e.g. industry, the environment and medicine. The course shall relay knowledge about the role of radioactivity, both as a tool and its own scientific discipline. Applications where radiochemistry plays an integral part will be specifically treated.
The course will contain the physical basis of nuclear structure and how the properties of the nucleus changes during radioactive decay. The different nuclear radiations, their interactions, and how they can be detected. Radiation properties and how these are used in chemical applications, and how different radiation interact with matter.
Many applications in the field of medicine, especially positron emission tomography (PET) and nuclear medicine therapy will be discussed. Radioactive pollution and simple dosimetry.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- Can define radioactive decay processes and nuclear radiation
- Knows the principles of utilizing radioactivity applied to chemistry, chemical processes and adjacent fields where chemistry is an integral part.
- Knows the principles of radiation hygiene and the interaction of radiation and matter.
- Can update himself/herself on current methods in radiochemistry.
- is able to define and use nomenclature, units and properties of radiation and radiochemistry
- can perform calculations in radiochemistry and utilize these in applied radiochemical sciences.
- Is able to assess radiation and radiation exposure from a radiation protection point of view.
- Can pass on relevant scientific knowledge both written and oral.
- Can solve problems individually or as an active member in a team.
Semester of Instruction
Place of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
The course is given as lectures, demonstrations and excursions.
Lectures/ 4 hours/week
Excursions/ 2 days/semester
Demonstrations as needed
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Semester term assignment in a chosen or given topic within radiochemistry or radioactivity.
A valid compulsory assignment is valid for two semesters - the semester the assignment is completed and the following semester.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
- Semester term assignment , 40% of total grade.
- digital written examination (4 hours), 60% of total grade.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Evaluation is conducted according to the quality assurance system at University of Bergen.