Radiological Instrumentation


  2. A. Course Title: Radiological Instrumentation
    B. Course Number: ENGT 223G - 30563
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Flores-McLaughlin, John
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Weekdays 12-1pm CST/CDT 11am-12pm MST/MDT or via request
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    3 Credit Hours This course will introduce students to fundamental radiation detection methods and instruments. Portable and stationary laboratory radiation detection equipment will be reviewed with multiple applications. Prerequisite: MA 113 College Algebra


    This course will meet the requirements of the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College; however, it is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Provided by instructor

    DOE Handbook 1122-2009, Radiological Control Technician (RTC), Study Guide

    Module 2.16: Radiation Survey Instrumentation
    Module 2.17: Contamination Monitoring Instrumentation
    Module 2.18: Air Sampling Equipment
    Module 2.19: Counting Room Equipment

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    Radiation Detection and Measurement, 4th Edition By Glenn Knoll
    ISBN : 978-0470131480

    NOTE: When DOE Handbooks or Modules are required they will be provided in the course.

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    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    This course is graded on a point system with the final grade based on a percentage as follows:

    80% - Assignments & Online Discussion
    20% - Final Exam

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The objective of the course is to help students understand and apply Radiological Instrumentation principles related to duties performed by Radiological Control Technicians.


    By the end of this course students should be able to:

    o Explain radiation survey instrumentation, contamination monitoring instrumentation
    o Explain air sampling equipment, counting room equipment


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    Week 1 - Module 2.16 Radiation Survey Instrumentation

    2.16.01 List the factors which affect an RCT's selection of a portable radiation survey instrument, and identify appropriate instruments for external radiation surveys.

    2.16.02 Identify features and specifications for ion chamber instruments

    2.16.03 Identify features and specifications for high exposure instruments

    2.16.04 Identify features and specifications for neutron detection and measurement instruments

    Week 2 and 3 - Module 2.17 Contamination Monitoring Instrumentation

    2.17.01 List the factors which affects an RCT's selection of a portable contamination monitoring instrument.

    2.17.02 Describe features and specifications for commonly used count rate meter probes used for beta/gamma and/or alpha surveys:

    2.17.03 Describe features and specifications for commonly used count rate instruments used .

    2.17.04 Describe features and specifications for commonly used personnel contamination monitors .

    2.17.05 Describe features and specifications for commonly used contamination monitors (tool, bag, laundry monitors).

    Week 4 and 5 - Module 2.18 Air Sampling Equipment

    2.18.01 Identify the factors that affect the operator's selection of a portable air sampler.

    2.18.02 Identify the physical and operating characteristics and the limitation(s) of the Staplex and Radeco portable air samplers.

    2.18.03 Identify the physical and operating characteristics and the limitation(s) of Motor air pumps.

    2.18.04 List the steps for a preoperational checkout of a portable air sampler.

    2.18.05 Identify the physical and operational characteristics and the limitation(s) of beta-gamma constant air monitors (CAMs).

    2.18.06 Identify the physical and operating characteristics and the limitation(s) of alpha constant air monitors (CAMs).

    Week 6 and 7 - Module 2.19 Counting Room Equipment

    2.19.01 Describe the features and specifications for commonly used laboratory
    counters or scalers:

    2.19.02 Describe the features and specifications for low-background automatic counting systems:

    2.19.03 Describe
    features and specifications for commonly used gamma spectroscopy systems.

    Week 8 - Final Exam Preparation