Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Place of Instruction
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.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
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.
- Written examination (4 hours), 60% of total grade.
Examination Support Material
- Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations,
- Nuclide chart
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Ordinary examination each semester. In semesters where the course is not taught, exam is scheduled early in the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester
Evaluation is conducted according to the quality assurance system at University of Bergen.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Chemistry are administratively responsible for the course.
Type of assessment: Written examination and project assignment
- Withdrawal deadline