• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Physics, Engineering, Nuclear Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is not offered in 2024

This course introduces the physical processes by which nuclear radiation interacts with matter, including with biological systems.  

Following on from this background, students will engage in experimental and simulation-based activities designed to develop their expertise in:

  • The absorption of, and shielding from, nuclear radiation, including charged particle, neutron and gamma radiation
  • Radiation dosimetry
  • Radiation detection and measurement
  • Industrial and medical applications of nuclear radiation

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate fundamental processes of the interaction of charged and uncharged radiation with matter;
  2. Evaluate radiation detector types for a range of applications;
  3. Apply knowledge of radiation types and the biological effects of radiation to interrogate occupational safety risks involved in working near radiation, and formulate approaches for managing such risks;
  4. Interrogate the type and origin of sources of radiation using knowledge of nuclear data, detector systems, detector responses, signal processing, data acquisition systems, and spectral analysis techniques;
  5. Differentiate between the wide range of medical and industrial applications that use nuclear radiation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Examination (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Essays (2x1000 words) (20) [LO 1,3]
  4. Lab report (30) [LO 1,2,4]

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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 10 x 2 hours of lectures, 5 x 2 hours of tutorials, and 5 x 3 hours of lab sessions scheduled through the semester.
  • Approximately 85 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, laboratory sessions in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must be: Enrolled in the AENGI Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or the AENRD Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development); and Must have successfully completed a minimum of 96 units of tertiary courses, which must include ENGN4549 Engineering Nuclear Systems Incompatible with PHYS8204

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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