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Module Title
Radiation Science
Reference HS1067 Version 5
Created June 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved August 2003 SCQF Points 15
Amended July 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
The aim of the module is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the physical principles which underpin radiographic imaging. The module will also enable the student to understand how x-rays interact with matter and the radiation safety implications of working with medical radiations.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Describe the production of the X-ray beam, its interactions with matter and the factors which affect the quality and quantity of the X-ray beam.
2 Describe the radiographic science and technology that underpins the production of plain radiographic images.
3 Describe radiation protection and radiation safety within radiography.

Indicative Module Content
Energy and energy transfer. The electromagnetic spectrum. Structure of the atom. Basic radioactivity. Thermionic emission. X-ray production. Characteristic spectrum and line spectra. Quantity and quality of an x-ray beam. Beam collimation and geometry. The diagnostic x-ray tube. X-ray interactions with matter. The ALARP principle. Radiation safety and radiation protection. CR, DR, PACS and RIS systems.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered by blended learning and involves lectures, tutorials, student centred seminars and laboratory sessions with directed and private study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours N/A 40
Non-Contact Hours N/A 110
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: The module will be assessed by coursework.

Explanatory Text
One piece of coursework will be used to assess all module learning outcomes.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A At least 3 As, 2 Bs and 1C on the assessment grid.
B At least 3 Bs, 2 Cs and 1D on the assessment grid.
C At least 3 Cs, 2 Ds and 1E on the assessment grid.
D At least 4 Ds and 2 Es on the assessment grid.
E At least 3 Es and 3Fs on the assessment grid.
F Failure to meet requirements for grade E.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module No prerequisites other than course entry requirments.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BALL, J. and MOORE, A. D., 2008. Essential Physics for Radiographers. 4th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
2 GRAHAM, D. T. and Cloke, P., 2011. Principles of Radiological Physics. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
3 SHERER, M.A.S., VISCONTI, P.J., RITENOUR, E.R. & HAYNES, K., 2013. Radiation protection in medical radiography. 7th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.


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