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766116P Radiation physics, biology and safety, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766116P  Validity 01.01.2015 -
Name Radiation physics, biology and safety  Abbreviation Radiation physi 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Lauri Hautala 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



Spring term, 3. period

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, the student:

  • can describe the physical origin of different types of radiation and their interaction with matter,
  • can explain the essential effects ionizing radiation has on human body and
  • knows what rules and regulations govern the use of radiation in Finland.

The topics of the course include the origin of ionizing radiation e.g. as a result of radioactive decay and in nuclear reactions, the interaction between radiation and matter, the detection and measurements of radiation, physical quantities and measuring units related to radiation, radiation in the environment, and examples of utilizing radiation in the industry and research. The biologic effects of radiation and legislation related to radiation safety are also discussed.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

14 hours of lectures, 14 hours of exercises, 107 hours of self-study

Target group 

Students in physics degree program. Other students studying in University of Oulu can also participate to the course.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Broad studies in high school physics and basics from high school chemistry and biology.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture material (in Finnish), ”säteily- ja ydinturvallisuus” book series produced by säteilyturvakeskus and other material provided during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Exercise problems. Further instructions will be given at the beginning of the course.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 0-5 where zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Lauri Hautala

Working life cooperation 

The course does not contain working life cooperation.

Other information 

Timetables, further instructions and materials can be found from the course website in Moodle (


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Radiation physics, biology and safety  Course  Lauri Hautala  08.01.21 -25.02.21

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