PHYS5405 Radiation Safety

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an understanding of the effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation on the human body and the risks involved in the use of radiation and radiation protection methods. It introduces the student to the basic concepts and principles of radiation safety including an understanding of the underlying physics, the biological effects of radiation, sources of radiation, risk identification, exposure and protection methods. An understanding of the national and state legislative requirements with respect to various forms of radiation is also developed.
Students are able to (1) understand basic concepts of radiation physics including the properties of ionising and non-ionising radiation; (2) discuss biological and health effects of radiation; (3) use appropriate units to quantify radiation exposure; (4) discuss sources of natural and artificial radiation; (5) describe the principles underlying risk reduction and procedures to minimise risk of exposure; (6) discuss legislation regarding protection and safety; (7) perform basic procedures that involve use and monitoring of radiation; and (8) describe approaches for monitoring of staff and work areas.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorials (5 per cent); (2) assignments (30 per cent); (3) safety courses (20 per cent); and (4) a three-hour, end-of-semester examination (45 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ralph James
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma In Work Health and Safety (52330); Physics ATAR
WACE Physics 3A/3B
TEE Physics
PHYS1021 Applied Physics A
PHYS1022 Applied Physics B,
If prerequisites are lacking, then co-enrolment in PHYS1021 Applied Physics A.
Contact hours
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lasers and X-ray analysis course: 2 x 1 day; unsealed isotope course: 3 days
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