PHYS5404 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit introduces students to the principles and applications of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation physics. Students learn about the different types of radioactivity, and their sources and interactions with matter. They explore the different types of radiation detectors, the basis on which they work, and understand which is appropriate for each type and energy level of radiation. This fundamental knowledge builds towards the measurement of radiation to determine dose (dosimetry) and predict its effect on the human body.
Students are able to (1) understand and identify the different types of radiation and their sources; (2) understand the characteristic properties of radioactivity; (3) understand how different types of radiation interact with matter; (4) understand the physics and functionality of various radiation detectors; (5) apply this knowledge toward dosimetry; and (6) learn about clinical dosimetry and standards.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) attendance and performance; (2) assignments; 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.
Contact hours
2 - 3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Podgorsak, E. B. Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists, 2nd edn: Springer, 2010

Podgorsak, E. B. Radiation Oncology Physics: a Handbook for Teachers and Students: IAEA 2005

Bailey, D. L. Nuclear Medicine Physics, A Handbook for Teachers and Students: IAEA 2014

Mayles, P. et al. Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice: Taylor & Francis 2007


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