THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Environmental Radioactivity (P01948)
The course comprises a set of 10 formal lectures covering the basics of radioactivity; the origins, distributions and geochemical properties of natural and manmade radionuclides in the environment; the use of radionuclides as tracers of environmental processes; radionuclides as contaminants; the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste disposal. The formal lecture programme is supplemented by a set of 10 one-hour sessions involving lectures, discussion sessions, tutorials, relevant mathematical skills and student presentations. The latter component introduces students to a number of aspects of research in this area of science, including research objectives, funding and outputs.
? This course is not available to visiting students.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
An understanding of:
- The origins, distributions and behaviour of natural and manmade radionuclides in the environment.
- The use of radionuclides as tracers of the rates and mechanisms of environmental processes.
- The nuclear fuel cycle and its environmental impact, with particular emphasis on radioactive waste disposal.
- Key aspects of research in this area of science including funding and delivery of research outcomes.
An ability to:
- Perform calculations relevant to this area of science.
- Critically review research papers, interpret data and deliver relevant oral and poster presentations.
Written assignment of 2000 words (75% of total assessment)
Oral presentation (25% of total assessment)
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Leigh Murray
Prof John Farmer
School Website : http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.scieng.ed.ac.uk/