Module Title:   Radiation Engineering

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG3308L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   TBA

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the science and principles supporting radiation engineering.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Knowledge disseminated and concepts explored in lectures, with learning supported by tutorial problems and tutor-lead classroom discussion. Formative assessment and oral feedback given in tutorials. The formal examination assesses all of the learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor, while the coursework allows skills to be demonstrated more fully.

Lectures:   36.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Explain the principles of ionising radiation physics.
Explain the clinical sources of radiation.
Discuss the science behind ionising and nonionising radiation.
Understand radiation protection principles, practices and protocols.
Understand the effects of different types of radiation on the human body.
Understand the principles that underpin the operation of radiation imaging and radiotherapy equipment.
Understand the characteristics and choice of appropriate radiation uses for treatment.
Explain the principles of MRI technology and its use in the imaging process.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Comply with and apply local radiation protection rules.
Appreciate legislation, standards and guidance relating to the production and use of ionising radiation.
Identify the basic environmental requirements needed to support ionising radiation imaging and treatment.
Assess the quality of the imaging and treatment processes.
Review applications of technologies to be used in the imaging or treatment of the human body.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Use safe and precise technical skills.
Use and develop analytical skills.
Demonstrate problem solving.
Use clear written and verbal communication.
Communicate complex ideas in simple terms.

  Examination - closed book 2.00 80%
  Closed Book Examination
  Coursework   20%
  2000 word equivalent

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Ionising radiation physics - atomic structure, radioactive decay, interactions with matter, natural sources.
Clinical Sources of Radiation - X-ray production, sealed and unsealed sources.
Radiation Protection - As Low as Reasonable Achievable, dose limitation and monitoring, responsibilities of staff, radiation safety policies and local rules, radioactive source management, radiation accidents, radiobiology.
Diagnostic radiology techniques - diagnostic radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, environment, image processes, patient dose.
Radiotherapy Treatment - linear accelerators, superficial therapy, room design and shielding, beam generation, active source therapy, imaging techniques, hybrid systems, treatment planning.
Dose distribution and measurement.
Immobilisation devices.
Quality assurance - field quality and alignment, phantoms, measuring equipment.

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