Feb 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to high school vocational students.

Catalog Description:

NDT 3464 - Radiographic Testing I (3 hrs.)

This course is devised to give an introductory study of the processes of radiography. It provides the in-depth study and hands-on experience needed to prepare the student for a position in the field of radiography. The course is designed to meet certain NDT Level II requirements in accordance with A.S.N.T., SNT-TC-1A, and NAS-410.

Course Classification:



INR3716 Technical Mathematics, NDT3451 Introduction to NDT, or instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to impart the fundamentals of radiographic testing; it’s applications, techniques, process controls and the terminology, such that the student could pass a typical industrial certification examination in accordance with A.S.N.T., SNT-TC-1A, or NAS-410.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Perform and interpret standard process control tests.
  2. List and describe differences between the specific processes.
  3. Explain test requirements for a specific component from a given specification.
  4. Perform given radiographic inspection correctly and to interpret and report the results.
  5. Take and pass a qualification examination (theory and practical prepared in accordance with the industry standards SNT-TC-1A or NAS-410.
  6. Correctly apply all safety attitudes and procedures associated with radiographic testing that will insure a safe work place environment.
  7. Understand and perform the duties of a Level I Radiographer.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully describe the history of radiographic inspection.

  • Describe the discovery of x-rays by Roentgen.
  • List two companies that have had a major influence on radiographic inspections.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate and compare the principals of radiation.

  • Calculate the amount of radiation produced by a source given age and original curie strength.
  • List and describe the principals of electromagnetic radiation.


Outcomes: upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully explain the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and matter.

  • Explain why metals are not harmed by exposure to radiation.
  • Explain why humans are harmed when exposed to radiation.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully list and describe the source materials used in radiographic inspection.

  • Classify the sources used as to their half-life, listing the most active to the least active.
  • Summarize in a short statement the advantages and disadvantages of using a source for radiography.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully list and describe the basic processes used in radiography.

  • Illustrate on a flow chart, the processes used in producing and evaluating a radiograph.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully explain the processes of imaging and film selection.

  • Explain the terms: latitude, contrast, speed, scatter, grain size, as they apply to industrial radiographic film.
  • List and compare five films from different manufactures. Explain why some require less time to expose than others
  • Using the curves of six films, calculate density changes.
  • Create an exposure chart and demonstrate the accuracy of the chart.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully process a radiograph.

  • Apply classroom training and demonstrations to process a radiograph using standard practice techniques when manually processed.
  • Explain the developing process when the film is placed in the developer.
  • Explain the stop bath and why it is needed.
  • Explain the fixing process. Explain clearing and fixing time.

Projects Required:

Refer to Syllabus


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.