The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of ionizing radiation protection and safety. The course curriculum combines radiation safety and protection topics derived from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Standard Syllabus, and radiological protection and control programs as administered by the NRC and the DOE. Topics to be covered include: basic nuclear physics; radiological units, quantities, and measurements; the biological effects of ionizing radiation; detection of radiation; ALARA principles; protective measures and controls; exposure monitoring; regulatory controls and requirements for radiological work. The understanding of these principles will be reinforced through hands-on laboratory exercises. Additionally, students will be provided with tours of radiation protection training, detection, monitoring, and calibration facilities located on DOE’s SRS.
The Radiation Protection class will consist of 15 two-hour class periods divided among 11 lecture periods, 3 hands-on lab exercises, and 2 class tours. A half-hour exam will be given each week. Each exam will be worth approximately 25% of the grade, with class participation and lab assignments accounting for the final 25%.
Chem I and II, or approval from instructor
|Tuesday||Radiological Fundamentals (cont.)|
|Wednesday||Radiological Quantities and Measurements|
|Thursday||Tour: SRS Radiological Calibration and Monitoring Facilities|
|Friday||Lab Exercise: Radiation Detection|
|Monday||Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation|
|Tuesday||Radiation Exposure Limits and Control Levels|
|Thursday||Lab Exercise: Time, Distance, Shielding|
|Friday||Exposure Monitoring Programs and Occupational Exposure Protection|
|Monday||Regulatory Control of Radiological Work|
|Tuesday||Radioactive Contamination Control|
|Wednesday||Tour: SRS Radiological Worker Training and Certification Facilities|
|Thursday||Lab Exercise: Simulated hands-on radiological work in a laboratory setting|
|Friday||Comprehensive Final Exam|
For registration information contact Dr. John Seaman, seaman(at)srel.edu.