Fundamentals of Radiological Control


  2. A. Course Title: Fundamentals of Radiological Control
    B. Course Number: RW 123 - 30423
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    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): MA 113 College Algebra
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will introduce students to sources of radiation, radiation physics, and ALARA (As-Low-As-Reasonable-Achievable) principles. This course covers mathematical fundamentals, nuclear physics, sources of radiation, and radiation exposure and control. This is a three credit hour course. 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-HDBK-1122-2009 - Radiological Control Technician Training

    Module 1.05: Sources of Radiation
    Module 1.06: Radioactivity & Radioactive Decay
    Module 1.07: Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    Module 1.08: Biological Effects of Radiation


    Optional: Atoms, Radiation & Radiation Protection. J. Turner. ISBN: 978-3527406067

    Optional: Nuclear Mavericks: A Biographical Compilation of the Men & Women Who Shaped the Nuclear Workforce. ISBN: 9781483567075

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


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    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Final Grading Breakdown:

    Module Assignments - 80%
    Final - 20%

    This is a fast paced, eight week, accelerated learning course

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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:


    1. Accurately solve problems using foundational mathematics, physical sciences, and energy technology concepts.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental safety in regards to energy industry processes and procedures.

    3. Conduct, analyze, and/or interpret real world scenarios and case studies or laboratory experiments.

    4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills using specific energy technology terminology.

    5. Demonstrate knowledge of energy systems and operations.


    1. Evaluate different types of radiation in the environment and workplace. (DSLO 2)
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of how to optimally shield different types of radiation and reduce radiation exposure ALARA. (DSLO 5)


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    Week 0: Complete Introduction Module 0:

    Week 1: Complete Module 1.05: Sources of Radiation

    • 1.05.01 Identify the following four sources of natural background radiation including the origin, radionuclides, variables, and contribution to exposure.
      • a. Terrestrial
      • b. Cosmic
      • c. Internal Emitters
      • d. Radon
    • 1.05.02 Identify the following four sources of artificially produced radiation and the magnitude of dose received from each.
      • a. Nuclear Fallout
      • b. Medical Exposures
      • c. Consumer Products

    Week 2: Module 1.06: Radioactivity & Radioactive Decay
    • 1.06.01 Identify how the neutron to proton ratio is related to nuclear stability.
    • 1.06.02 Identify the definition for the following terms:
      • a. radioactivity
      • b. radioactive decay
    • 1.06.03 Identify the characteristics of alpha, beta, and gamma radiations.
    • 1.06.04 Given simple equations identify the following radioactive decay modes:
      • a. alpha decay
      • b. beta decay
      • c. positron decay
      • d. electron capture
    • 1.06.05 Identify two aspects associated with the decay of a radioactive nuclide.
    • 1.06.06 Identify differences between natural and artificial radioactivity.
    • 1.06.07 Identify why fission products are unstable.
    • 1.06.08 Identify the three naturally-occurring radioactive families and end product of each.

    Week 3: Complete on Module 1.06: Radioactivity & Radioactive Decay
    • 1.06.09 Given a nuclide, locate its block on the Chart of the Nuclides and identify the following for that nuclide:
      • a. atomic number
      • b. atomic mass
      • c. natural percent abundance
      • d. stability
      • e. half-life
      • f. types and energies of radioactive emissions
    • 1.06.10 Given the Chart of Nuclides, trace the decay of a radioactive nuclide and identify the stable end-product.
    • 1.06.11 Identify the definition of the following units:
      • a. curie
      • b. becquerel
    • 1.06.12 Identify the definition of specific activity.
    • 1.06.13 Identify the definition of half-life.
    • 1.06.14 Calculate activity, time of decay, and radiological half life using the formula for radioactive decay.
    • 1.06.15 Identify the definition of the following:
      • a. exposure
      • b. absorbed dose
      • c. dose equivalent
      • d. quality factor
    • 1.06.16 Identify the definition of the following units:
      • a. roentgen
      • b. rad/gray
      • c. rem/sievert

    Week 4: Complete Module 1.07: Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    • 1.07.01 Identify the definitions of the following terms:
      • a. ionization
      • b. excitation
      • c. bremsstrahlung
    • 1.07.02 Identify the definitions of the following terms:
      • a. specific ionization
      • b. linear energy transfer (LET)
      • c. stopping power
      • d. range
      • e. W-value
    • 1.07.03 Identify the two major mechanisms of energy transfer for alpha particulate radiation.
    • 1.07.04 Identify the three major mechanisms of energy transfer for beta particulate radiation.
    • 1.07.05 Identify the three major mechanisms by which gamma photon radiation interacts with matter.
    • 1.07.06 Identify the four main categories of neutrons as they are classified by kinetic energy for interaction in tissue.
    • 1.07.07 Identify three possible results of neutron capture for slow neutrons.
    • 1.07.08 Identify elastic and inelastic scattering interactions for fast neutrons.
    • 1.07.09 Identify the characteristics of materials best suited to shield:
      • a. alpha
      • b. beta
      • c. gamma
      • d. neutron radiations

    Week 5: Work on Module 1.08: Biological Effects of Radiation
    • 1.08.01 Identify the function of the following cell structures:
      • a. Cell membrane
      • b. Cytoplasm
      • c. Mitochondria
      • d. Lysosome
      • e. Nucleus
      • f. DNA
      • g. Chromosomes
    • 1.08.02 Identify effects of radiation on cell structures.
    • 1.08.03 Define the law of Bergonie and Tribondeau.
    • 1.08.04 Identify factors which affect the radiosensitivity of cells.
    • 1.08.05 Given a list of types of cells, identify which are most or least radiosensitive.
    • 1.08.06 Identify primary and secondary reactions on cells produced by ionizing radiation.

    Week 6: Complete Module 1.08: Biological Effects of Radiation
    • 1.08.07 Identify the following definitions and give examples of each:
      • a. Stochastic effect
      • b. Non-stochastic effect
    • 1.08.08 Identify the LD 50/30 value for humans.
    • 1.08.09 Identify the possible somatic effects of chronic exposure to radiation.
    • 1.08.10 Distinguish between the three types of the acute radiation syndrome, and identify the exposure levels and the symptoms associated with each.
    • 1.08.11 Identify risks of radiation exposure to the developing embryo and fetus.
    • 1.08.12 Distinguish between the terms "somatic" and "heritable" as they apply to biological effects.

    Week 7: Course Review
    • Course Review

    Week 8: Final Exam Available Online