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CH30203: Radiochemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
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 or equivalent.
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
* Understand factors affecting nuclear stability
* Describe and understand nuclear reactions
* Describe and understand synthesis of trans-uranium elements
* Describe the genesis of the elements
* Outline-selected applications of radioactive decay processes:
- radioactive dating
- radioactive markers
- radioactive substances in medicine
* Describe and understand nuclear fission reactors for energy production
* Describe and understand nuclear waste treatment and reprocessing
* Describe and understand nuclear fusion reactions for energy production.

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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH30203 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry

CH30203 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.