Module code: PHYM041

Module provider


Module Leader

LOHSTROH A Dr (Physics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Tutorial Hours: 1

Laboratory Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PROJECT ORAL PRESETATION 20%
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) GROUP PROJECT REPORT 50%

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Group project report: Students, who fail the Group Project report UoA, will have to carry out a shorter adjusted project during the summer resit period by producing a written report (50 %), about 1500 words in length. Group Project Oral Presentation:  If the Group Project report is not failed but the Oral Presentation is failed, the Oral presentation will be carried out in the resit period. If both the report and the oral presentation are failed, students will deliver a fresh presentation on the shorter project (15 %), 8 Minutes plus questions The peer review (5 %) will be carried out without modifications in the resit period.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

The module will combine taught sessions and computational/laboratory work, and consists of two parts:


Part 1: FLUKA. Introduction to LINUX system. Monte Carlo simulation of radiation interactions in matter: an introduction to the use of FLUKA simulation software.


Part 2: Project work: Students are allocated are working on groups of 3 to 6 students on an experimental or a literature review based project. Students preferences for the project type are taken into account during the allocation process. The laboratory-based group project typically involves the design and implementation of a radiation physics based investigation, for example setting up detection system based on either a scintillator or semiconductor detector in conjunction with digital and/or analog pulse processing, or designing and implementing and experimental schedule based on radiation physics based methods to carry out an investigation. Students that undertake a library based group literature survey project will investigate a challenging topic at the forefront of medical physics research and are expected to evaluate the most promising routes to overcome these challenges.(2 hours): Oral presentations (in Week 11)


Module aims

Through laboratory-based lectures and hands-on computing laboratories, sessions, students will learn the basic use and implementation of the FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation software.

The module culminates in a group-based design project where REP students develop a complete radiation detector instrumentation system of their choice, while the Medical Physics MSc students normally will do a library based project.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand the basis of Monte Carlo simulation, and be able to design and write a FLUKA simulation programme.
Perform a Design Project in a group, and present this work orally
Gain expertise in Monte Carlo modelling for radiation physics problems
Gain experience in group work through the design project
Development of oral and communication skills in the presentation of project work

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

This module is taught in two parts:

 Part 1 (10 hours – Dr Seb Galer):


FLUKA Monte Carlo programming:

Introduction to LINUX based operating system.

Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques in radiation physics

Use of FLUKA to carry out a simple detector modelling problem


 Part 2: (21 hours – Dr Annika Lohstroh, Dr Zsolt Podolyak, Prof David Bradley):


Design Project

Students will work together in small groups to design a radiation detection based experimental investigation. Students registered for the Medical Physics MSc will do a library-based literature survey project.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

Laboratory based module with some computational laboratory-based teaching.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their understanding of the basic functioning of a Monte Carlo code for particle transport.

Their capability to define simple geometries and scenarios in a Monte Carlo code, to make the correct choices for correct and efficient running and to interpret the results.

For students undertaking a literature review project, their capability to carry out a bibliographic research, identifying and comparing relevant and recent sources.

For students undertaking an experimental project, their capability to define an experimental problem, carry out the relevant background research, design an experiment, and interpret the results.

For all students, their capability to work in a team, and to present their results in writing and orally.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Part 1: An assignment, typically handed out in week 4 and submitted in week 8, consisting of modelling a radiation detection/imaging scenario, and writing a report (max 1500 words) to present and discuss the results (30% overall module mark).

Part 2:

A group-work project report, to be submitted in week 12, on the subject assigned (50% overall module mark).

A peer review to be carried out on a draft report, typically due in week 9 (5% overall module mark), and a group presentation, typically taking place in week 11 (15% overall module mark).

Formative assessment and feedback

Continuous verbal feedback will be given during the Monte Carlo classes and the group project work, in particular groups are required to submit a written progress and brief project plan after the first 2 group work sessions. Written feedback is provided on the progress note. In addition, students receive written feedback from their peers and an academic on a draft report (submission in week 8).


Reading list

Reading list for EXTENDED GROUP PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym041

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.