PHYS5402 Radiation Biology and Protection

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of radiation biology and protection, including the biological effects of radiation, sources of radiation, treatment effects, treatment strategies, risks, exposure and protection methods. An understanding of the national and state legislative requirements with respect to radiation is also developed.
Students are able to (1) understand basic concepts and principles of radiation biology and radiation protection; (2) use appropriate units to quantify radiation exposure; (3) understand sources of radiation and health effects of ionising radiation; (4) understand basic genetic and epidemiological aspects of radiation exposure; (5) describe the principles underlying risk reduction and procedures to minimise risk of radiation exposure; (6) describe approaches for monitoring of staff and work areas; (7) be familiar with legislation regarding radiation protection and safety; (8) discuss biological effects of radiation in the context of radiation therapy; and (9) understand basic concepts and principles of radiation therapy.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) tutorial preparation and participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the final examination component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
Unit rules
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
ANHB5451 Amatomy and Human Biology for Medical Physicists
Contact hours
2 - 3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks

Hall, E. Radiobiology for the Radiologist, 7th edn: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012

Cember, H. Introduction to Health Physics, 5th Edition, A & L Allied Health, 2017

Joiner, Michael . Basic Clinical Radiobiology, 4th edn, London : CRC Press; 2009

ICRP Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiation Protection: Pergamon Press Oxford 1990

Khan, F. The Physics of Radiation Therapy, 5th edn: Williams and Wilkins 2014

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