Module Details

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Title NUCLEAR SCIENCE PROJECT
Code PHYS398
Coordinator Professor DT Joss
Physics
David.Joss@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

To give students experience of working independently on an original problem related to nuclear science To give students an opportunity to display the high quality of their work To give students an opportunity to display qualities such as initiative and ingenuity To improve students ability to keep daily records of the work in hand and its outcomes To give students experience of report writing displaying high standards of composition and production To give an opportunity for students to display communication skills


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have: Experience of participation in planning all aspects of the work Experience researching literature and other sources of relevant information Experience in different aspects of modern medical imaging techniques including Monte Carlo simulations Improved skills and initiative in carrying out investigations Improved ability to organise and manage time Improved skills in making up a diary recording day by day progress of the project Improved skills iin report writing Improved skills in preparing and delivering oral presentations


Syllabus

 

1 The Nuclear Science project will focus on three key areas: Monte Carlo simulation of a radiation detector system using MCNP Experimental measurement using research standard instruments Analysis of data from experiment and simulation Some example projects for PHYS398: "Gamma ray emissions measured with Germanium Detectors" The project will use high resolution germanium gamma ray detectors to investigate radioactivity in environmental samples. This will allow the isotopes to be identified and their quantity measured. The performance of the measurement system will be understood using simualtions. Results will be compaered to those found in earlier studies. "Neutron dose rates and shielding" The aim of the project will be to investigate the dose rates clsoe to a neutron source and then to investigate the effectiveness of materials such as polythene and borated polythene as moderators. The systems will be simualted ising MCNP in order to fully understand thier behav iour.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture Description: Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work Description:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1

    161

    162
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 138
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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% of
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opportunity
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Assessment 1 Assessment Schedule (When) :2      50       
Assessment 2 Assessment Schedule (When) :1      30       
Assessment 3 Assessment Schedule (When) :2  20 mins    20       

Recommended Texts

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