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CH40203: Radiochemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX100
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH10133 or take CH10134 and in taking this unit you cannot take CH20145
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit will provide an introduction to radio- and nuclear-chemistry and their applications.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Describe and understand selected nuclear properties
* Evaluate factors affecting nuclear stability
* Describe and understand nuclear reactions
* Describe and predict synthesis of trans-uranium elements
* Account for the genesis of the elements
* Outline selected applications of radioactive decay processes:
- radioactive dating
- radioactive markers
- radioactive substances in medicine
* Describe and evaluate nuclear fission reactors for energy production
* Appreciate the factors involved in nuclear waste treatment and reprocessing
* Convey an understanding of nuclear fusion reactions for energy production
* Solve problems involving nuclear reactions and radioactive decay
* Critically analyse chemical literature to study further aspects of radiochemistry.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F), Group working (F).

The nature, properties and applications of radioactivity and radioactive elements. Properties of nuclear particles. Quantitative description of radioactive decay processes including radioactive dating methods. Applications of radioactive isotopes as analytical markers and in medicine. Nuclear reactions. Synthesis of trans-uranium elements. The genesis of all elements.
Radioactive processes in energy production: nuclear fission reactors, nuclear waste treatment and reprocessing, nuclear fusion. You will be provided with some peer reviewed literature and it is expected that you will use this literature as well as your own independent reading to study further (unseen) aspects of radiochemistry. The peer reviewed literature will be assessed as part of the examination for this course.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40203 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.