MDPH403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Radiation Physics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023

Description

Ionising radiation, interactions, energy deposition, nuclear models, radiation units, radiation generation, and isotope production.

The aim of the course is to provided participants with a general knowledge of the physical principles that form the foundations for the use of ionising radiation primarily in medicine (both therapy and diagnostic), and, to a lesser degree, in industry.

Summary of the course content:
The topic areas covered are
 basic nuclear physics
 radioactivity
 nuclear reactions
 charged particle ionising radiation
 uncharged ionising radiation
 dosimetric principles, quantities and units, and dosimetry in practice
 neutrons.

Learning Outcomes

To provide an underpinning understanding, and a practical knowledge of
 the types, origins and sources of ionising radiation and its interaction with matter
 the basics of ionising radiation dosimetry
 the principles involved in the detection and measurement of ionising radiation
 the use of basic radiation measuring instruments.

Prerequisites

Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Restrictions

PHYS403

Equivalent Courses

PHYS403

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 30 Apr
8 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 413 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240 1 May - 7 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Konstantin Pavlov

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 10%
Final Exam 60%
Practical 10%
Test 20%


NB: A pass in the final exam is required to pass the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists ; 3rd; Springer, 2016.

Recommended Reading

Attix FH; Introcution to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry ; John Wiley & Sons, 1991 ((1986, 1991)).

Johns HE & Cunninghma JR; The Physics of Radiology ; Thomas, 1983.

Khan FM; The Physics of Radiation Therapy ; 5th; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Oncology Physics: A handbook for teachers and students ; IAEA, 2005.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

All MDPH403 Occurrences

  • MDPH403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023