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CAPE3331 Nuclear Operations

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr X Jia

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


At the end of the module, students will have a detailed understanding of the science and engineering that underlies current nuclear operations, within the UK and worldwide.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop an understanding of operations in the nuclear industry as component of an integrated nuclear fuel cycle.


- Fundamental chemistry and physics pertaining to nuclear operations
- Principles of nuclear operations
- Reactor operation
- Nuclear safety
- Comparison of UK versus international practices
- Spent fuel treatment and disposal
- Nuclear waste treatment
- Reactor decommissioning
- Legacy decommissioning
- Decontamination

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours132.00
Total Contact hours68.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Completion of assignments
- Independent study of the issues raised by the lectures
- Revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Assignments at the end of semester 1 for continuous progress monitoring
- Site visits (to Sellafield and Drigg LLWR, or other relevant nuclear site) in semester 2 to contribute to students understanding of UK industry.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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