Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9105046232010The Use of Nuclear Techniques in EcologyElective118
Level of Course Unit
Third Cycle
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Objectives of the Course
It is aimed to provide the background necessary for understanding, monitoring and application of the terrestrial radiological environment and the laboratory exercise is intended to demonstrate several equipment for sampling and the operation of complete alpha and gamma spectrometry systems.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aysun UĞUR GÖRGÜN
Learning Outcomes
1Being able to apply principles of dose assessment to determine the impact of environmental exposure to radioactivity.
2Being able to explain the use of radioactive tracers to solve environmental problems.
3Being able to interpret data produced by a range of common radioanalytical techniques.
4Being able to explain the main processes by which radionuclides are distributed through the environment.
5Being able to understand the principles of research techniques in a variety of environmental radioactivity studies.
6Being able to identify the sources of natural and artificial radionuclides in the environment.
7Being able to comprehend the units for radiation quantities and doses.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
The distribution of natural and artificial radionuclides in the atmosphere and terrestrial environment, monitoring using nuclear spectroscopic methods, the use of radionuclide in marine dating and erosion studies; determination of atmospheric flux; soil-plant transfer factors and radionuclide kinetic; monitoring of radionuclides using bioindicators and biomonitors; dose calculations.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Radioactivity in the terrestrial environment, radionuclides in the atmosphere. Natural radioactivity in phosphate fertilisers, building materials and fosil fuels. Local environmental measurements. High background radiation areas around the worldLab.
2Uranium mining and ore processing and radioecological effects on ecosystem and human health.Preparation of lab. report
3The Origins of 210Pb in the atmosphere and its deposition on and transport.Lab.
4Application to 210Pb dating.Preparation of lab. report
5Behaviour of radioactive contaminants in the terrestrial environment, determination of the history of environmental pollution from records contained in lake sediments and peat bogs.Lab.
6Determination of atmospheric flux, the use of radionuclide in erosion studies. Soil-plant transfer factors.Preparation of lab. report
7In situ and airborne gamma-ray spectrometry.Lab.
8Mid-term exam Preparation of lab. report
9Monitoring of radionuclides using bioindicators and biomonitors.Lab.
10Nuclear waste disposal, nuclear tests in the South Pacific, the Chernobyl accident.Preparation of lab. report
11Biological effects of ionising radiation, dose calculations.Lab.
12Radiotoxicity and annual limits of intake.Preparation of lab. report
13Radioisotopes in biology and agriculture.Lab.
14The presentation of the semester Project.Preparation of lab. report
15The presentation of the semester Project.Lab.
16Final exam.Preparation of lab. report
Recommended or Required Reading
Joseph Magill, Jean Galy, Radioactivity Radionuclides Radiation, Springer, Germany, 2005. Analysis of Environmental Radionuclides, Edited by Pavel P. Povinec, Radioactivity in the Environment, Volume II, Series Editor: M.S. Baxter, Elsevier, First edition 2008. Radionuclides in the Environment, International Conference on Isotopes in Environmental Studies, Edited by P.P. Povinec, J.A. Sanchez-Cabeza, Radioactivity in the Environment, Volume II, Series Editor: M.S. Baxter, Elsevier, First edition 2006. Grady Hanrahan, Modelling of Pollutants in Complex Environmental Systems, v. II (Advanced Topics in Environmental Science): 2, ILM Publications, January 18, 2010.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures12224
Report Preparation8972
Report Presentation224
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination13535
Reading31030
Homework22244
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)233
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO755443 455 5
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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