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Short Learning Programme
Nuclear Safety
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 safety and regulations.

Purpose of the course:

Participants should gain knowledge of, and skills in: The Safety Analysis required licensing, pressurized Water Reactors for construction and operation. The course will cover the regulatory requirements to perform the safety analysis for a current operating Pressurized Water Reactors (i.e., Koeberg), the current generation of advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (i.e., AP1000) and future generations of more advanced Pressurized Water Reactors. 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 should have obtained:

  • knowledge of and applying the safety analysis process for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs).
  • knowledge of and applying the various regulatory requirements and how meeting them results in a reliable and safe source of electricity.

I (the assessor) will know that the participant has achieved this specific outcome if he/she:

  • is able to understand how the safety analysis is performed, and apply this knowledge to support receiving a construction and operating license for a PWR.
  • Understand the NNR approach to licensing PWRs
  • Identify the variety of regulations implemented by NNR
  • Empathize with the difficulties associated with the NNR approach
  • Describe and apply the US PWR regulatory process,
  • Identify the differences between the current LWR oriented regulatory process and the proposed technology neutral regulatory process
  • Describe and apply the 20 steps of EMDAP required to make the “Adequacy Decision” for safety analysis Evaluation Models.
  • Describe and apply the various types of uncertainty that are included in the development of EMs
  • Describe and apply the limitations and benefits of statistically combining input uncertainties
  • Distinguish between those safety analysis transients selected by deterministic methods and those imposed by regulation.
  • Identify specific acceptance criteria as a function of the frequency of the safety analysis transient.
  • Relate specific surrogate acceptance criteria to higher level acceptance criteria
  • To explain the safety analysis process for the various transients analysed in Chapter 15 and how the resulting consequences show that the health and safety of the public and workers is adequate for the anticipated and postulated operation of a PWR .
  • Describe and apply beneficial impact of these additional considerations on the health and safety of the public and workers.


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 will be in the form of tests; homework assignments and larger projects that may involve group work The summative assessment will contribute 50% of the final course mark 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 assignments 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: Participation marks comprise 20%, exercises and assignments 80%, that contribute 100% 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
Ms Sue-Mari van Rooyen
Telephone number: 
018 299 4369