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Medical Physics

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:5.00
Study Course Accepted:11.08.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:FK_048LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Physics; The Physics of SolidsTarget Audience:Dentistry
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Didzis Lauva
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Physics
The Head of Structural Unit:Jevgenijs Proskurins
Contacts:Rīga, Anniņmuižas bulvāris 26a, 1. stāvs, 147.a un b kabinets,, +371 67061539
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)1Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures2
Classes (count)10Class Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Classes30
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Knowledge of mathematics, physics at the level of the secondary school programme is required.
To encourage the students to acquire theoretical knowledge of medical physics and skills during lectures and practical classes that will be necessary for acquisition of other courses and in their dental practice.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction. Lab safety.Classes1.00auditorium
2The determination of the Earth free fall gravity acceleration using pendulum.Classes1.00auditorium
3The determination of the viscosity and surface tension of the liquid.Classes1.00auditorium
4The calibration of thermistor and thermocouple.Classes1.00auditorium
5The determination of the Earth magnetic field induction.Classes1.00auditorium
6Refractometry and polarimetry. The determination of the unknown concentration of the sample.Classes1.00auditorium
7Photoelectric colorimetry. Determination of unknown concentration of the sample.Classes1.00auditorium
8The determination of the diameter of the light using laser.Classes1.00auditorium
9The measurements of the background ionizing radiation.Classes1.00auditorium
10Colloquium and the lab work report defending.Classes1.00auditorium
11The basics of physics in medicine.Lectures1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
The students will be evaluated based on their participation and cumulative scores gained in the published activities in e-studies and gained scores participating in 5 online webinars. The types of activities published in e-studies are: 1) active participation in forum fulfilling issued tasks, organizing discussions about the topics issued, 2) calculating exercises, 3) multiple choice tests.
Assessment Criteria:
Each activity has its weight within the whole study course. This weight is determined by the points assigned to the particular activity. The final grade is calculated proportionally to the maximum score issued for all course activities. Activities issued within two classes give 20% of final grade.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Upon successful completion of the course the students will have acquired knowledge, which will allow them to: • use the terminology of medical physics correctly; • explain the role of physics and mathematics in medicine and the formation processes of diseases; • describe the physical properties and ways of obtaining the parameters in medical diagnostics; • name and evaluate kinds of influence of the electromagnetic spectrum ranges on people’s health; • explain the structure, operational principles and safety of lasers; • explain the structure, operational principles and future directions of development of medical diagnostic equipment; • evaluate the influence of the surrounding world on the human body, and safety measures from unwanted influence; • explain operational principles of X-radiation and computed tomography and their application in medicine.
Skills:Students will be able to apply the acquired physically technical theoretical knowledge in their work during practical classes that will help them in mastering main disciplines in dental practice and research.
Competencies:Having mastered the course the students will be able to evaluate physical (both natural and technological) phenomena, their effect on the human body and their application in medical diagnostics.
Required Reading
1Davidovits P. Physics in Biology and Medicine. – London: Elsevier, 2007-09-28, pp.303.
2Faiz M. Khan, John P. Gibbons, Khan's the Physics of Radiation Therapy, Wolters Kluwer, 2014-04-17
3Giancoli D. C. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics 3rd ed., London: Prentice Hall, 2000, pp. 689.
Other Information Sources
1Interneta resursi no e-studijas sadaļas „Medicīniskā fizika” RSU serverī.