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Radiation and Radiation-Protection

Module MW1353

This Module is offered by Chair of Nuclear Technology (Prof. Macian-Juan).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2011/2SS 2011

Basic Information

MW1353 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lectures introduce into the basics of radiation physics and radiation protection. We show, how ionizing radiation is described and experimentally/practically controlled, how one designs radiation shields, by introduction in and practical application of the most essential mathematical and numerical methods, which nowadays are used in design and analysis of radiation protection systems.

main topics:
- characterization of radiation and its sources
- interaction of radiation with matter: photons, electrons, neutrons, ions
- methods for the determination of radiation dose
- deterministic and stochastic (Monte-Carlo) methods for radiation shelding and protection
- legal aspects of radiation in Germany and Europe

The course and sctipts are offered in English.
However, also for questions during the lectures and the written exam, German can be used.

Further information unter

Learning Outcome

Goal of this course is to teach the students, what is radiation, how does it propagate and interact with matter, how does one measure radiation, and how does one design radiation shields.
Practical exercises illustrate the concepts and methods. At the end, a student should be able to quantify radiation exposure and to design a radiation shield.


This course is appropriate for students of the mechanical engineering, physics, and chemistry with interest in the subjects of radiation physics and radiation protection.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 3 Radiation and Radiation Prodection Tue, 10:00–11:30, MW 0430M
Tue, 12:15–13:00, MW 0430M

Learning and Teaching Methods

- presentation using Powerpoint material

- intensive usage of the white-board for explanations of concepts

interaktive class:
students are encouraged to pose questions, and also the lecturer poses questions to the auditorium


- printed scripts containing the content of the lectures
- printed material from the internet
- paper-copies of useful materials from books


Grundkurs Strahlenschutz
C. Grupen

Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
J.R. Lamarsh

Nuclear Reactor Analysis
J.J. Duderstedt

Particle Detectors
C. Grupen; B. Shwartz

R. Becker
Theorie der Wärme

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

written examination (90 min), solution of problems as application cases, no aids allowed

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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