Effects of Radiation: An Introduction to Radiation and Radioactivity

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Effects of Radiation: An Introduction to Radiation and Radioactivity

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There are many practical applications of radiation and radioactivity in various fields, including medical, scientific, and industrial activities. In some parts of Japan, people continue to experience environmental radioactivity caused by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on a daily basis. Understanding the basic science of radiation and radioactivity will form the base of the course, with specific examples from Japan and elsewhere in the world to illustrate concepts.

This course introduces radiochemistry, radiation detection and measurement, and explores radiation’s effect on the human body. You will gain a greater understanding of radioisotopes, radioactive decay, radiations, radiation interaction with matter, and ways to assess radiation exposure. We will explore applications of radiation through various examples including nuclear power generation, diagnostic and therapeutic uses in medicine,...

There are many practical applications of radiation and radioactivity in various fields, including medical, scientific, and industrial activities. In some parts of Japan, people continue to experience environmental radioactivity caused by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on a daily basis. Understanding the basic science of radiation and radioactivity will form the base of the course, with specific examples from Japan and elsewhere in the world to illustrate concepts.

This course introduces radiochemistry, radiation detection and measurement, and explores radiation’s effect on the human body. You will gain a greater understanding of radioisotopes, radioactive decay, radiations, radiation interaction with matter, and ways to assess radiation exposure. We will explore applications of radiation through various examples including nuclear power generation, diagnostic and therapeutic uses in medicine, and other scientific and industrial uses. Lastly, we will discuss the fate and transport of radioactive cesium in Fukushima in relation to chemical and physical properties of the radionuclide.

 

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7/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 1 month ago
The course content cover several very different topics related to radiation: physics, reactor engineering, measurement instruments, environmental recovery, effect on human health. The level of detail and the quality of the different topics varies a lot. Apparently, every single course taught in English by Japanese instructors will be barely understandable without reading the subtitles, due to pronunciation problems; in this particular course this problem is finally addressed: all the videos are dubbed by very clear English, well done!
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Hamed Ebadi Ghader

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
I recommend this course to those who are interested in the subject. The topics covered in the course are good and interesting and really broadened my view in this subject; however, it goes unnecessarily too technical on some parts, such as "reactor mechanism" and "radiation measurement". The team does an excellent job with their support. I can assure you of the fact that you will receive a quick response from staff and your problem will be solved. Instructors' explanation is satisfying, in general. Although, they leave few parts unclear and you may need to do some research on the Net to get the point.
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4 years, 6 months ago
The information is a bit scattered. Many questions came to mind, few answers. Strictly speaking the information itself was good but it covered too many topics with mixed depth, especially where it purports to discuss the impacts of radiation on human health. They also used some of the worst marking strategies for MOOC's such as input text questions that created lots of problems with people getting marked wrong for right answers and peer assessed final exam which is ls nothing more than a random mark with little educational value. To their credit they responded to the complaints about input text questions (and hopefully will not make the mistake of using them in the future) and limited the grade impact of peer assessed questions to 10% of the total mark so you could choose not to waste your time with it and still pass. I think they have the makings of a good course but it needs work. They used very effective translators for the videos... The information is a bit scattered. Many questions came to mind, few answers. Strictly speaking the information itself was good but it covered too many topics with mixed depth, especially where it purports to discuss the impacts of radiation on human health. They also used some of the worst marking strategies for MOOC's such as input text questions that created lots of problems with people getting marked wrong for right answers and peer assessed final exam which is ls nothing more than a random mark with little educational value. To their credit they responded to the complaints about input text questions (and hopefully will not make the mistake of using them in the future) and limited the grade impact of peer assessed questions to 10% of the total mark so you could choose not to waste your time with it and still pass. I think they have the makings of a good course but it needs work. They used very effective translators for the videos and did an excellent job of presentation in those videos.
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Mukhlis Ismail

6/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
I teach student about the isotopes at the university
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