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HAZA408 Radiation Hazards

An introduction to the nature and uses of radiation in New Zealand, and the legislation and regulations associated with radiation use in New Zealand.

This paper is designed to provide an outline of radiation and the hazards associated with its use. It surveys the human health consequences of exposure to radiation as well as devices for measuring radiation and how to deal with accidents. You will study the legislation associated with radiation use in New Zealand, and in the workshop associated with the paper, you will get hands on experience of dealing with a radioactive spill.

Paper title Radiation Hazards
Paper code HAZA408
Subject Hazard Assessment and Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (24 February 2017 - 14 July 2017), 2nd Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 4 December 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,795.53
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,617.79

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Restriction
HAZX 408
Course outline
Eligibility
Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate must either be a graduate or holder of a professional qualification that has required at least three years of tertiary-level study or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Board. The Board will require evidence of ability to undertake advanced academic study. In addition, candidates will require a minimum of Year 13 Physics.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
Dr Michelle McConnell (Programme Director)
Email: michelle.mcconnell@otago.ac.nz
Tel: 03 479 5729
Teaching staff
Dr Jeremy Nicoll (University of Otago Radiation Safety Advisor)
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into a series of modules and includes an on-site workshop. These will progressively introduce concepts and knowledge in a coherent manner, with self-test exercises and formal assessments as you reach appropriate milestones.

Module 1: Introduction to the nature of radiation, historical uses and current uses

Module 2: Instrumentation - detection and measurement of ionising radiation
  • Personal monitors
  • Survey monitors
  • Ionisation chambers; GM counters, etc; uses; limitations
  • Analytical detectors
Module 3: Legislation and regulations associated with radiation use
  • Radiation Protection Act (RPA) 1965
  • The new Radiation Safety Act (RSA) 2016 - main features; radiation safety plan; regulations regarding transport, storage and disposal; dose limits (public and occupational)
  • International policies, treaties
Module 4: Health effects of radiation
  • Type of exposure - external, contamination, ingestion
  • Deterministic effects - whole body syndromes, partial body
  • Stochastic - cancer induction, factors affecting biological dose - radiation type, dose rate
  • Determination of dose to humans
  • Module 5: Non-ionising radiation (NIR)
    • Different types of NIR
    • Potential health risks of NIR
    • Regulations pertaining to safe use of NIR
    Module 6: Radiation accidents
    • Transport accident, radionuclide contamination
    • "Major" accidents
    • Atomic bomb events (war and testing)
    • Radiation accidents - historical review
    • National and international response
    Module 7: Case study

    Module 8: Workshop - skills-based practical on site in which students will experience hands-on use of radiation monitors, etc.
  • Teaching Arrangements
    Self-learning is the pedagogical basis for the paper, with students being directed to material rather than detailed lecture notes being provided. The paper is web-based, allowing individuals to learn and assimilate at their own pace.

    Teaching materials, assignments and assessments are mostly in a web-based format using the University of Otago's Blackboard platform. The paper is taught over a 20-week period.

    Assessment:

    There is no final examination. The final mark is based on assessments during the paper:
    • Two assignments (25% each)
    • One case study (50%)
    Assignment due dates will be confirmed at the start of the paper but are normally as follows:
    • Assignment 1 due end of week 6
    • Assignment 2 due end of week 12
    • Case study due end of week 20
    Textbooks
    There are no textbooks recommended for this paper. Most of the material will be accessed from Blackboard. This includes instructions, announcements, text files, exercises and assignments.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will
    • Learn about the nature of radiation, the uses of radiation in New Zealand and the legislation and regulations covering the safe use of radiation
    • Understand the hazards involved with radiation and be able to apply the knowledge to deal with both minor and major incidents involving radiation. The paper will give students an appreciation of the ways in which radiation can be hazardous to humans, animals and the environment and the ways in which such hazards can be minimised
    • Develop a deeper understanding of the nature of radiation and the inherent dangers associated with its use in New Zealand
    • Be better prepared to recognise and implement various strategies to minimise risk associated with radiation use
    • Be able to place in a modern context the legal requirements relating to the interactions of hazards associated with radiation with people and the environment and will be better able to communicate on the interactions of the law with compliance requirements

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    Timetable

    1st Non standard period (24 February 2017 - 14 July 2017)

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    2nd Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 4 December 2017)

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    An introduction to the nature and uses of radiation in New Zealand, and the legislation and regulations associated with radiation use in New Zealand.

    This paper is designed to provide an outline of radiation and the hazards associated with its use. It surveys the human health consequences of exposure to radiation as well as devices for measuring radiation and how to deal with accidents. You will study the legislation associated with radiation use in New Zealand, and in the workshop associated with the paper, you will get hands on experience of dealing with a radioactive spill.

    Paper title Radiation Hazards
    Paper code HAZA408
    Subject Hazard Assessment and Management
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 26 November 2018)
    Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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    Restriction
    HAZX 408
    Eligibility
    Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Hazard Assessment and Management must either be a graduate or holder of a professional qualification that has required at least three years of tertiary-level study or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Board. The Board will require evidence of ability to undertake advanced academic study. In addition, candidates will require a minimum of Year 13 Physics.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
    Contact
    Dr Michelle McConnell (Course Director)
    Email: michelle.mcconnell@otago.ac.nz
    Tel: 03 479 5729
    Teaching staff
    Dr Jeremy Nicoll (University of Otago Radiation Safety Advisor)
    Textbooks
    There are no textbooks recommended for this paper. Most of the material will be accessed from Blackboard. This includes instructions, announcements, text files, exercises and assignments.
    Course outline
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Paper Structure
    This paper is divided into a series of modules and includes an on-site workshop. These will progressively introduce concepts and knowledge in a coherent manner, with self-test exercises and formal assessments as you reach appropriate milestones.

    Module 1: Introduction to the nature of radiation, historical uses and current uses

    Module 2: Instrumentation - detection and measurement of ionising radiation
    • Personal monitors
    • Survey monitors
    • Ionisation chambers; GM counters, etc; uses; limitations
    • Analytical detectors
    Module 3: Legislation and regulations associated with radiation use
    • Radiation Protection Act (RPA) 1965
    • The new Radiation Safety Act (RSA) 2016 - main features; radiation safety plan; regulations regarding transport, storage and disposal; dose limits (public and occupational)
    • International policies, treaties
    Module 4: Health effects of radiation
    • Type of exposure - external, contamination, ingestion
    • Deterministic effects - whole body syndromes, partial body
    • Stochastic - cancer induction, factors affecting biological dose - radiation type, dose rate
    • Determination of dose to humans
  • Module 5: Non-ionising radiation (NIR)
    • Different types of NIR
    • Potential health risks of NIR
    • Regulations pertaining to safe use of NIR
    Module 6: Radiation accidents
    • Transport accident, radionuclide contamination
    • Major accidents
    • Atomic bomb events (war and testing)
    • Radiation accidents - historical review
    • National and international response
    Module 7: Case study

    Module 8: Workshop - skills-based practical on site in which students will experience hands-on use of radiation monitors, etc.
  • Teaching Arrangements
    Self-learning is the pedagogical basis for the paper, with students being directed to material rather than detailed lecture notes being provided. The paper is web-based, allowing individuals to learn and assimilate at their own pace.

    Teaching materials, assignments and assessments are mostly in a web-based format using the University of Otago's Blackboard platform. The paper is taught over a 20-week period.

    Assessment:

    There is no final examination. The final mark is based on assessments during the paper:
    • Two assignments (25% each)
    • One case study (50%)
    Assignment due dates will be confirmed at the start of the paper but are normally as follows:
    • Assignment 1 due end of week 6
    • Assignment 2 due end of week 12
    • Case study due end of week 20
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will
    • Learn about the nature of radiation, the uses of radiation in New Zealand and the legislation and regulations covering the safe use of radiation
    • Understand the hazards involved with radiation and be able to apply the knowledge to deal with both minor and major incidents involving radiation. The paper will give students an appreciation of the ways in which radiation can be hazardous to humans, animals and the environment and the ways in which such hazards can be minimised
    • Develop a deeper understanding of the nature of radiation and the inherent dangers associated with its use in New Zealand
    • Be better prepared to recognise and implement various strategies to minimise risk associated with radiation use
    • Be able to place in a modern context the legal requirements relating to the interactions of hazards associated with radiation with people and the environment and will be better able to communicate on the interactions of the law with compliance requirements

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    Timetable

    1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 26 November 2018)

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
    Blackboard