MDPH403-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Radiation Physics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Ionising radiation, interactions, energy deposition, nuclear models, radiation units, radiation generation, and isotope production.

The aim of the course is to provided participants with a general knowledge of the physical principles that form the foundations for the use of ionising radiation primarily in medicine (both therapy and diagnostic), and, to a lesser degree, in industry.

Summary of the course content:
The topic areas covered are
 basic nuclear physics
 radioactivity
 nuclear reactions
 charged particle ionising radiation
 uncharged ionising radiation
 dosimetric principles, quantities and units, and dosimetry in practice
 neutrons.

Learning Outcomes

To provide an underpinning understanding, and a practical knowledge of
 the types, origins and sources of ionising radiation and its interaction with matter
 the basics of ionising radiation dosimetry
 the principles involved in the detection and measurement of ionising radiation
 the use of basic radiation measuring instruments.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department



Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 121
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 23 May
31 May - 6 Jun
01-P2 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 240
24 May - 30 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 101
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 101
31 May - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Konstantin Pavlov


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 10%
Final Exam 60%
Practical 10%
Test 20%

NB: A pass in the final exam is required to pass the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists; 3rd; Springer, 2016.

Recommended Reading

Attix FH; Introcution to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry; John Wiley & Sons, 1991 ((1986, 1991)).

Johns HE & Cunninghma JR; The Physics of Radiology; Thomas, 1983.

Khan FM; The Physics of Radiation Therapy; 5th; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Oncology Physics: A handbook for teachers and students; IAEA, 2005.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,066.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

All MDPH403 Occurrences

  • MDPH403-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021