INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY AND RADIATION BIOLOGY - 2017/8

Module code: PHYM048

Module provider

Physics

Module Leader

NISBET A Prof (Physics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C190

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 30%
Examination 1.5 HRS END OF SEMESTER EXAMINATION 70%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This course starts with an overview of human biology, followed by a discussion of the nature of the interaction of ionising and non-ionising radiation with biological systems. The course emphasises the effects at the cellular level and the impact that this has on the individual and across the population. The behaviour and effects of ingested and inhaled radionuclides are also covered.

Module aims

To provide an understanding of the human body and the effect of ionising radiation on it .

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critical analysis of basic molecular cell and tissue structure and function and description of the principles of anatomy
Describe the control systems of the human body
Application of radiation knowledge to understand basic radiobiology and genetics
Appreciate science underpinning radiological protection standards

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Module content





Indicative content includes:





Lecturer


Title


Lecture Hours




Dr S Jafari


Human Biology; the cell, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, endocrine system, skeletal system, nervous system and sensory systems.

 


12




Prof A Nisbet


Introduction to radiobiology: 5Rs of radiobiology, Biological Effective Dose

 


6




Dr S Bouffler


Primary events in the cell; deposition of energy from low and high LET radiations; molecular events; DNA damage and repair; cellular radiosensitivity; dose-rate and LET dependence; molecular genetics of radiation cancer, human variation in radiation sensitivity

 


3




Dr E A Ainsbury


Acute (non-stochastic) effects after whole and partial body irradiation; damage to red bone marrow, gut epithelium, gonads, optic lens and developing brain of the foetus, genetic effects of radiation; biological dosimetry

 


3




Dr T Smith/Dr J Marsh


 

Radionuclides in man; the behaviour of radionuclides in the body including isotopes of tritium, caesium, strontium, iodine, radium and plutonium; ICRP biokinetic and dosimetric models; dose calculations; doses to the embryo and foetus

 


3




Dr R Haylock


Concepts of epidemiological studies


3




Dr A Peyman


Dosimetry, practical measurements and theoretical modelling, instrumentation, antennas


3





 




Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:



Provide students with the theoretical foundations necessary to understand the effect of different types of radiation on the human body.


Allow them to apply this knowledge to specific radiation protection problems.



 

The learning and teaching methods include:



33 hours of lectures, including both theoretical aspects and their application. Teaching is given via handouts, projection and white board presentations.

One large group tutorial/question session.


 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology and of the way radiation interacts with biological systems. It will also allow them to demonstrate their capability to research on a new topic and to independently build on knowledge acquired from lectures.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



A 1.5 hour, closed book examination.


An essay (maximum 2000 words), to be submitted typically in Week 6, on a topic broadly related to the interaction of radiation with biological systems.



 

Formative assessment

A revision class with tutorial questions will be done in Week 12.

 

Feedback

Students receive written feedback on their coursework. A tutorial provides an opportunity for verbal feedback on any aspects of the course that are not understood.

 

Reading list

Reading list for INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY AND RADIATION BIOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym048

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.