Radiation Effects and Radiation Protection

Course Description

Interaction of radiation with matter. Radiation sources. Detection and dosimetry of radiation. Biological effects of radiation. Somatic and hereditary effects. Exposure to natural and artificial sources of radiation. Evaluation of external and internal radiation doses. Gamma-ray and neutron shielding. Calculational methods for modeling of radiation shields. Computer codes for radiation shielding calculations.

General Competencies

Student will achieve a good understanding of radiation interaction principles. Student will attain basic knowledge of radiation protection concepts. He will also gain practical skills to evaluate external and internal radiation doses. After completion of this course, the student will be able to design radiation shielding by using computer codes for gamma-ray and neutron transport.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe mechanisms of radiation interaction with matter.
  2. List sources and detectors of radiation.
  3. Explain bilogical effects of radiation.
  4. Define physical quantities and units of radiation dosimetry.
  5. Evaluate external and internal radiation doses.
  6. Describe shields of neutron and gamma radiation.
  7. Evaluate basic parameters of ionizing radiation shield.

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are given during 15 weeks, 2 hours per week.


Homeworks and midterm exam.

Laboratory Work

Laboratory exercises are given during 5 weeks, 3 hors per week.


Consultations are conducted individually or with a group of students, depending on an agreement with the students.

Other Forms of Group and Self Study

Individual homeworks.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 10 % 0 % 5 %
Homeworks 0 % 10 % 0 % 5 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 30 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 50 %
Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Exam: Oral 50 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Interaction of charged particles with matter.
  2. Interaction of neutrons with matter.
  3. Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.
  4. Radiation sources. Radiation detection.
  5. Radiation dosimetry.
  6. Biological effects of ionizing radiation. (Somatic effects, hereditary effects).
  7. Exposure to natural sources of radiation.
  8. Exposure to artificial sources of radiation.
  9. External dose evaluation.
  10. Internal dose evaluation.
  11. Gamma-ray and neutron shielding.
  12. Basic methods for gamma-ray shielding calculations.
  13. Basic methods for neutron shielding calculations.
  14. Transport and Monte Carlo methods for shielding calculations.
  15. Computer codes for shielding calculations.

Study Programmes

University graduate
[FER2-HR] Electrical Power Engineering - profile
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)


Richard E. Faw, J. Kenneth Shultis (1999.), Radiological Assessment: Sources and Doses, American Nuclear Society
J. Kenneth Shultis, Richard E. Faw (2000.), Radiation Shielding, American Nuclear Society
H. Krieger (2002.), Strahlenphysik, Dosimetrie und Strahlenschutz, Bd.1, Grundlagen, Teubner
J.I. Wood (1982.), Computational Methods in Reactor Shielding, Pergamon Press
J.E. Turner (2007.), Atoms, Radiation and Radiation Protection, John Wiley&Sons
(.), Atoms, Radiation and Radiation Protection;J.E. Turner;1995;John Wiley&Sons,

For students


ID 86454
  Winter semester
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
15 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Sufficient