Syllabus for NUC-342

RADIOLOGICAL, REACTOR, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Radiological, Reactor, and Environmental Safety provides basic concepts and applications in health physics and environmental aspects of nuclear power generation. The topics covered include the biological effects of radiation, dose-rate evaluation, radiation monitoring, radiological safety, reactor effluents and radioactive waste disposal; regulations governing radiation exposure and the release of radioactivity into the environment; and the environmental impact of nuclear power plants.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the biological effects of ionizing radiation including genetic and somatic effects.
  2. Calculate the radiation dose of different types of radiation for a specific period of time.
  3. Summarize the basic operation of radiation monitoring equipment for alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation.
  4. Describe the production mechanisms of gaseous, liquid, and solid radioactive waste in nuclear facilities.
  5. Describe the gaseous, liquid, and solid radioactive waste cleanup systems in nuclear facilities.
  6. Quantify the liquid and gaseous effluents from nuclear facilities.
  7. Analyze the environmental concerns arising from the operation of a nuclear power plant.
  8. Identify the ALARA philosophy in design, operation, and maintenance of nuclear power plant systems.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0-201-82498-8

Additional Required Reading Materials Available Online:

COURSE STRUCTURE

Radiological, Reactor, and Environmental Safety is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in five (5) graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.  Most problems are based on the end of chapter problems and module PowerPoint slides.

Midterm Examination

You are required to take a closed-book, proctored online midterm examination.

The midterm exam is two hours long and consists of 8 essay questions that are similar to the questions in written assignments. The exam covers materials assigned in modules 1, 2, and 3 of the course. It is highly recommended to review the module PowerPoint slides and written assignments before you take the midterm exam.

The exam is closed book and notes. In this regard you are NOT permitted to bring the textbook or any loose pages or notes. Scientific calculators are not permitted in examinations.

For the midterm, you are required to use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

In lieu of a final exam, you are required to complete a final paper (worth 30 percent of your course grade).

Your final research paper shall be 8 to 10 pages long. You are required to discusses the nuclear fuel life cycle, from the initial mining of fuel in the ground to retirement as high level waste or recycling as MOX fuel. The final paper entails two stages:

Below is the rubric that will aid in the grading of the final paper.

Consult your Course Calendar for due dates.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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