Syllabus for NUC-238



This course provides general information that a student will need to prepare for work in a radiologically controlled area. It describes radiation and contamination; their health effects; their sources; how they are monitored, controlled, and measured; personal responsibilities; and how to work safely in areas where they are found.


  • Structure of the atom
  • Ionization
  • Fission process
  • Sources of radiation
  • Workplace risks
  • Types of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma, neutron)
  • primary sources
  • penetrating ability
  • shielding techniques
  • Exposure
  • internal vs external
  • biological effects
  • somatic and genetic effects
  • chronic vs. acute
  • Dose and dose rate
  • Dose limits and guidelines
  • NRC Form-4
  • Respirators
  • ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable)
  • Control point
  • Time, distance, and shielding
  • Dosimetry

  • Radiation detection devices
  • Protective clothing
  • Donning and doffing procedures
  • Wearing dosimetry devices properly
  • Contamination
  • types
  • sources
  • indications
  • control—preventing spread
  • Frisker/frisking
  • Personal contamination monitor (PCM)
  • Hot particles
  • Radioactive waste
  • generation
  • minimization
  • segregate (separation)
  • disposal
  • Radiation work permit (RWP)
  • Radiation areas
  • Radiological postings
  • Radiological alarms
  • Boundaries
  • Stay time


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the four types of radiation, including the ability to penetrate materials and materials that provide effective shielding for each.
  2. List and describe the methods used for detection and measurement of each type of radioactive particle.
  3. Discuss biological effects of each type of radiation.
  4. Compare and contrast chronic and acute radiation exposure characteristics.
  5. Differentiate between genetic and somatic radiation exposure effects.
  6. Discuss dose and dose limits established by the federal government and dose guidelines from local authorities.
  7. Explain the concept of time, distance, and shielding and how it is applied.
  8. Differentiate between dose and dose rate.
  9. Discuss the purpose and how to obtain an NRC Form 4.
  10. Summarize what radioactive contamination is and list various sources.
  11. Explain the purpose of a dosimeter.
  12. Explain how to limit and measure radioactive contamination.
  13. Describe the purpose for radioactive material boundaries, protective clothing, respirator use, control points, and radiation work permits.
  14. Recognize proper and improper techniques for donning and doffing protective clothing.
  15. Recognize proper and improper techniques for entry to and exit from an established control point.
  16. Define radioactive waste and describe some examples.
  17. Describe strategies for reducing radioactive waste.
  18. In a team setting inside a radiation area, direct teammates to take appropriate action to minimize their dose.
  19. In a team setting inside a contamination area, direct teammates to take appropriate action to minimize the spread of contamination and prevent a personnel contamination event.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. 


Radiation Analysis Laboratory is a one-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final exam. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete six discussion forum assignments. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Exam

Students will be presented with six different scenarios on a variety of course topics and asked to recall and apply a process or procedure in order to adhere to policy. Some scenarios may be presented as videos or simulations to set the proper landscape or setting. The exam is two hours long.

For the Final Exam, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.



Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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