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CAPE5331M Nuclear Operations

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr X Jia

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE3331Nuclear Operations

This module is not approved as an Elective


At the end of the module, students will:
- have a detailed knowledge of how core nuclear science translates into commercial nuclear power operations;
- understand key organisational and procedural aspects of nuclear power.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop a clear understanding of operations in the nuclear industry and the role of reactors as a component of an integrated engineered system.

Skills outcomes
- Knowledge attained of commercial nuclear operations
- Ability to apply core engineering and nuclear science to commercial nuclear operations
- Clear understanding of the safety culture and regulatory environment of the nuclear industry and how this is manifested in design/operation/waste management/decommissioning.


- Fundamental chemistry and physics pertaining to nuclear operations
- Principles of reactor operation
- Nuclear safety
- Spent fuel treatment and disposal
- Nuclear waste treatments (compaction, cementation, vitrification, final storage)
- Reactor decommissioning
- Decontamination techniques
- Regulatory aspects of the nuclear industry
- Brief comparison of UK versus international practices.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours96.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Performance in assignments and in-class tests
- Contributions to discussions in tutorial sessions

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment (XJ)20.00
AssignmentAssignment (BCH)30.00
AssignmentAssignment (TNH)20.00
In-course AssessmentTest (XJ)10.00
In-course AssessmentTest (BCH)10.00
In-course AssessmentTest (TNH)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

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Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:50


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