Syllabus for NUC-490



Nuclear Technology Assessment/Career Planning is an in-depth, student centered activity that requires the integration of research in current nuclear employment, a nuclear engineering technology self-assessment, the development of a comprehensive vita, practical career planning, interviewing strategies, and applied advanced math applications to nuclear engineering technology situations. Students will participate in career focused activities that include building a professional resume and knowing how to interview successfully. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are directly applicable to students who are seeking a job, a promotion, or moving to a new skill area.


  1. Employment trends and opportunities in the nuclear power industry
  2. Curriculum Vita (professional resume)
  3. Behavioral interview
  4. Differential/integral calculus
  5. Mathematical problem solving
  6. Capstone comprehensive assessment instrument related to Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology


After completing this course, you should be able to:


There are no textbooks required for the course.

Internet resources are included in each module for recommended readings and points to start web searches for supporting information.


Nuclear Technology Assessment/Career Planning is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete a documented self-diagnostic assessment of Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology knowledge and experience, participate in online discussion forums, and complete written assignments. It is imperative that each student complete every formal assignment in order to receive a passing grade for the NUC-490 course.  See below for details on the assignments.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in four graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Advanced Math Problem Solving

You are required to submit your responses to a ten-item math problem solving assignment using differential and integral calculus. This assignment will be used as a refresher for earlier course work on MAT 231: Calculus I and MAT 232: Calculus II, and as an extension of those courses in which you will demonstrate your understanding of how to apply theoretical calculus in the nuclear technology field.

Nuclear Capstone Comprehensive Assessment Instrument

You are required to take an unproctored online capstone assessment. The assessment is two hours long and consists of one hundred multiple-choice questions. It covers the following nuclear engineering technology areas:

- Natural Sciences

- Math

- Chemistry

- Electrical

- Materials

- Nuclear Materials

- Nuclear Physics

- Thermodynamics - Heat Transfer

- Fluid Mechanics - Hydraulics

- Reactor Fundamentals & Systems

- Instrumentation

- Radiation Effects

- Safety and Protection

You will use the results of this comprehensive assessment in developing your own Continuous Improvement Plan in Module 6.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Overall course evaluation will be based on the attached rubric which is based on TESC and ABET guidelines and approved Student Outcomes of the NEET Program.  Click to view NUC 490 OL Course Rubric.   All 13 Student Outcomes described in the rubric will be evaluated for each student.  The following five Student Outcomes will be evaluated in detail by the specific course objectives.


Student Outcome # 1 - Demonstrate a fundamental mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools required for nuclear facility operations and/or related fields.  This Outcome will be assessed in Modules 1, 2, and 6.

Student Outcome # 2 - Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply current concepts in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology/nuclear facility problems using proper application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies. This Outcome will be assessed in Module 5.

Student Outcome # 7 - Demonstrate proficiency in oral, written, and graphical communications in a technical and non-technical setting utilizing standard English.  This Outcome will be assessed in Modules 2, 3, and 4.

Student Outcome # 9 - Demonstrate the need for and commitment to engage in self-directed continuing professional development and life-long learning in one’s discipline.  This Outcome will be assessed in Modules 3 and 4.

Student Outcome # 12 - Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement in professional activities.  This Outcome will be assessed in Modules 3 and 4.

The remaining eight Student Outcomes will also be evaluated in this course, but at a more fundamental level based on the student’s individual performance in the class.

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:






























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 course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

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, or without identifying it as a direct quote, 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.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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