• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr AJ Mitchell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course introduces the physical processes by which nuclear radiation interacts with matter, including with biological systems. 

Following on from this background, a range of topics will be covered, such as:

  • The absorption of, and shielding from, nuclear radiation
  • Radiation dosimetry
  • Industrial and medical applications of nuclear radiation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand how nuclear radiation interacts with matter and be able to make an educated assessment of the effects nuclear radiation will have in different situations, including the exposure of biological systems.
  2. Understand the wide range of medical and industrial applications which use nuclear radiation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Examination (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2]
  3. Essays (20) [LO 1,2]
  4. Lab report (30) [LO 1,2]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. Lab sessions will be scheduled through the semester.

• Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include laboratory sessions in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility and preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

  • Nuclear Physics – Principles and Applications – John Lilley (Ch. 5-9)
  • Introductory Nuclear Physics – Kenneth S. Krane (Ch. 6, 7 and 20)
  • Radiation detection and measurement – Glenn F. Knoll (Ch. 1, 2 and 20) 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3490 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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