ENVIRONMENT AND LEGISLATION - 2017/8

Module code: PHYM057

Module provider

Physics

Module Leader

PODOLYAK Z Prof (Physics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

F351

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test CLASS TEST - 1 HOUR 50%
Coursework 2000 WORDS ESSAY 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module describes the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field. It reviews the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects. The module concludes with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry.

Module aims

To establish a basic grounding in the principles and practice of environmental protection.

To develop a qualitative approach to environmental protection, establishing the need for systems of control and verification with an analysis of associated cost.

To understand the current legislation.

To understand the importance of carrying out risk assessments and implementing control measures to reduce exposure to optical radiation sources.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a depth of understanding of the principle of environmental protection.
Ability to discuss environmental sampling strategies and understand case studies in a range of applications.
Understand legislation underpinning environmental protection.
Demonstrate critical analysis of numerical data to perform simple calculations of relevant physical phenomena.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Environmental Management Systems and ISO14001

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content





Lecturer


Title


Lecture Hours




Dr N.B. Ghiassee


Environmental Protection – Law and Policy.  The general principles and legislative basis of environmental protection policy in the UK, European Union, and at International level, and an overview of International Nuclear Law.


9




Ms N Round/Mr G Beard


ISO14001 Environmental Management System: protecting the environment whilst maintaining your business, environmental impact minimisation, best available techniques, setting improvement targets, legal compliance, auditing and review.


6




Dr JAS Cleaver


Properties of aerosols, flow, diffusion, size distributions, optical properties, coagulation, sampling and aerosol production.


6




Mr P Kruse


Radioactive Substances Permitting,

Radiological Impact Assessments


6




Dr MC Thorne


Mathematical modelling of radionuclide transport in the environment, including applications of compartmental models. Radionuclide dispersion in groundwaters, terrestrial surface waters, estuaries and marine environments.  Uptake of radionuclides by plants and animals. Assessment of critical group and collective exposures.

 


6




Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures [33 hours]
Coursework  [117 hours]


The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both knowledge across the whole breadth of the module and a deeper cognitive/analytical ability alongside deeper knowledge in specified areas.

 

The 10 short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The essay question is aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on environment and legislation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Class Test (1 hour): 10 short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module.


Essay (2000 words): Essay questions aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on environment and legislation.



 

Formative assessment and feedback


Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures.


Written feedback is given on coursework 1 (class test), which is submitted and returned to the students in advance of coursework 2 (essay).

 

Reading list

Reading list for ENVIRONMENT AND LEGISLATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym057

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.