488504S Fundamentals of Nuclear Energy, 5 ECTS

Advanced course for post-graduate and master's students


Language of instruction: English

Timing: Implementation in autumn semester during the 1st period.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students can define the basic elements of nuclear power production and technology. They are thus able to describe the physical processes as well as the different components of a nuclear power plant. Students can also describe different elements of nuclear power technology deployment such as safety, environmental and health related issues.

Contents: Basics of nuclear physics, fission and fusion; introduction to nuclear power technology and components of a nuclear power plant; history of nuclear power production; nuclear fuel cycle, mining and uranium extraction, enrichment, fuel temporary and permanent disposal; introduction to nuclear power plant design, safety and auxiliary system design; principles of nuclear safety and strategy of accidents prevention and management; principles of health physics, monitoring safety and prevention; introduction to nuclear power safety and safety culture.

Mode of delivery: lectures.

Learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures (40h); mandatory work assignment and written final exam.

Target group: Doctoral students and second year Master degree students.

Pre-requisites and co-requisites: 80% mandatory course attendance.

Study material: TBD

Assessment methods and criteria: Assignments and written final exam.

Grading: The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible: University researcher Antonio Caló

Other information: The course will include a number of guest lecturers’ contributions. When needed, lectures will happen through video conference. There might be the possibility for students located somewhere other than Oulu to attend the course via video conference as well. Such eventualities will have to be discussed and pre-arranged with the course organizers. Students attending the course will have priority for the registration on the nuclear field trip scheduled for week 42.

Lecture times: Weeks 36-41, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12-14

Registartion: Through Oodi, starts 1.8.2016

Last updated: 14.8.2017