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Category:  Basic Nuclear Science

Students completing this module should be able to describe the structure of the atom, the constituents of the nucleus, and different types of radiation. The student should be able to give definitions of basic nuclear physics terms and units of measure. The student should be able to use a periodic table and chart of the nuclides to identify specific isotopes and elements and their properties. The student should be able to explain the interactions of radiation with matter and the physics of nuclear fission. The student should be able to complete simple calculations using energy and mass relationships, atomic density, and radioactive decay.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Basic Nuclear Science

Students completing this module should be able to describe all of the steps in military and civilian nuclear fuel cycles and be able to perform basic analysis of known fuel cycles. Students should be able to describe how fuel cycle facilities operate and the materials used and produced by those facilities.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and a basic understanding of physics and chemistry.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Basic Nuclear Science

Students completing this module should be able to describe the physical mechanisms for detection of gamma and neutron radiation. They should also be able to identify and explain the general operation of gas-filled, scintillation, and semiconductor detectors.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and know what a neutron and gamma-ray are.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Basic Nuclear Science

Students completing this module should be able to: Characterize a measured dataset using a mean and a standard deviation; Explain how probability distributions relate to measured datasets and how they can be used to estimate the likelihood that a measurement will fall within a certain interval of a mean value; Describe the difference between systematic and random uncertainties and how this relates to accuracy and precision; and Use propagation of variance to estimate the uncertainties to derived quantities.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and calculus. They should have completed the Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Basic Radiation Detection, and Safeguards Terminology modules.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Basics of Nuclear Security and Safeguards

After completing this course, students should be able to understand the importance of nuclear security and safeguards and their relationship to the IAEA, be knowledgeable on the legal agreements that brought about the modern safeguards system, and comprehend the various approaches to implementing a safeguards regime.

Prerequisites: None.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Safeguards

Students completing this module should be able to explain the need and intent of containment and surveillance; define containment and surveillance; identify equipment commonly used in containment and surveillance; and explain how containment and surveillance can be used at a facility to supplement material accountancy.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a basic understanding of nuclear nonproliferation and applied nuclear material safeguards.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Safeguards

After completing this module, students should be able to describe the parties involved in nuclear material accountancy, determine how to setup an accountancy system for a facility, calculate any material unaccounted for and the corresponding uncertainty, name common measurement techniques and in what applications they should be used, and know the main difficulties of nuclear material accountancy.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have completed the Basic Radiation Detection and Introduction to Statistics courses.

Basic Course, some prior knowledge requiredIntermediate course that requires some prior knowledge or at least one prerequisite course

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Security

After completing this course, students should be able to describe the potential adversary groups and their interest in nuclear or radiological materials, determine which adversaries are intent and capable of committing nuclear terrorism, describe nefarious uses of radiological materials, and construct a threat definition of a potential adversary.

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should have completed the NSEP Basic Nuclear and Atomic Physics course. It is also recommended that students from a non-technical background view this section on health physics for a quick description of radiation's effect on the body.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Security

By the end of this course, students should be able to describe the elements of good nuclear security culture, understand the roles of organizations and individuals in promoting good nuclear security culture, and identify the ways in which nuclear security culture may be evaluated and improved within an organization.

Prerequisites: None.

Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.Easy introductory course that requires no prior knowledge

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Security

Students completing this module should develop an understanding of the performance-based methodology used to design and evaluate a physical protection system to protect nuclear material from theft or sabotage. Students should be able to describe the three main elements of a physical protection system (Detection, Delay, and Response), how they are evaluated, and how they are interdependent. The student should also understand how the design basis threat (DBT) is determined and used when evaluating the effectiveness of a physical security system.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra.

Basic Course, some prior knowledge requiredIntermediate course that requires some prior knowledge or at least one prerequisite course

 
 
Category:  Nuclear Security

By the end of this module students will have an understanding of who an insider is and the types of threats they pose to an organization. Students will also have basic knowledge regarding what motivates an insider to commit an attack and how to combat such attacks. Prominent historic cases of insider attacks will assist the student in visualizing these attacks in practice.

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should have first completed the Physical Security Systems Module to understand the basics of multi-path analysis and the Adversary Sequence Diagram as it relates to outsiders attempting to gain access to materials in a facility.

Moderate course that requires technical knowledge and has at least one prerequisite course.Moderate course that requires technical knowledge and has prerequisite courses.