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Short Learning Programme
Nuclear Reactor Technologies
As professionals working in the nuclear industry, it is important to continually refresh knowledge and skills in the field. This course supports continuous professional development in Nuclear Reactor Technologies.

Purpose of the course:

Participants should gain knowledge of, and skills in: Various types of nuclear reactor technologies that are in operation around the world and that are being considered in the future for the production of electricity. The course also forms part of the continuous professional development (CPD) for Nuclear Engineering.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Experience in Chemical- / Nuclear- / Mechanical Engineering industry and/or physics and applied mathematics
Learning assumed to be in place: 
NQF level 7 Qualification BSc (with Mathematics and/or Physics) / BTech (Engineering) Qualification Relevant working experience within the nuclear- and power generation industry.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Integrated and applied knowledge of the different reactor designs that are currently providing electricity throughout the world and of the designs being considered for future development
  • Analysing and evaluating the types of advanced reactors
  • Knowledge in selecting the most efficient technology that take conceptualising critically into consideration
  • Taking ethical decisions regarding technologies that may potentially harm the environment
  • Nuclear reactions; How and why neutrons slow down in a reactor
  • Understand, evaluate and explain the concept of criticality
  • Understand, evaluate and explain transient effects in nuclear reactors
  • Understand, evaluate and explain Heat transport within the nuclear reactor system
  • Understand and discuss Nuclear Fuel Cycle processes including front-end and back-end.
  • Understand, evaluate and explain The types of advanced reactors now being offered
  • Understand, evaluate and explain the thermal reactor types and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the concepts
  • Understand, evaluate and explain the fast reactor system and concepts
  • Understand, evaluate and explain The liquid fuelled reactors
  • Understand, evaluate and explain Deliver a concept design of a nuclear reactor technology


The assessment will be in the format of formative and summative assessments and students should attain a minimum of 50% for the program as a final mark to successfully complete the programme. The formative assessment will contribute 50% of the final course mark and will be in the form of preparation tests and assignments, post-lecture assignments and design projects that may involve group work The summative assessment will contribute 50% of the final course mark and will be in the form of a final examination Attendance at the lecture sessions is also compulsory. The student requires a 50% final program mark to pass the course.
Method of assessment: 
Satisfactory achievement of the outcomes will be assessed by means of tests, assignments, projects that may involve group work and a written exam. The following methods of formative and summative assessment will be done to determine if the learner successfully acquired the agreed-upon outcomes, namely: Formative assessment: It will be done in the following manner to determine to what extend the individual students acquire the agreed-upon competencies and to guide them in this regard: • Preparation tests and assignments – 50% to the formative assessment • Post-lecture assignments and design projects - 50% to the formative assessment Summative assessment: Examination will contribute 100% to the summative assessment

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Professionals, scientists and engineers working in the power generation industry (nuclear, chemical and mechanical engineering industry), regulatory institutions, government departments and nuclear energy institutions who need to develop technical expertise in reactor analysis
Contact us
Sue-Mari van Rooyen
Telephone number: 
018 299 4369