The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff. They're also shaped by new developments in industry and as a consequence, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Building Services Design 1
You will be given an overview of the construction sector covering the process of procuring buildings and the role of the Building Services Engineer as one of a number of professionals forming the team responsible for their design. You will have two hours of lectures and four hours of practicals per week and you will be introduced to CAD drafting tools and building simulation with regards to their role in the design process.
Building Services Design 2
You will be given an introduction to the principles of the engineering design of building services, including heating, lighting, piping design, water supply as well as a basic understanding of CAD software, control systems and practical engineering skills relating to building services. For this module you will have one 3-hour lecture and one 6-hour lecture per week.
Engineering Mathematics 1
This module introduces you to the algebra of complex numbers providing a key mathematical tool for analysis of linear mathematical and engineering problems. You will have one 3-hour lecture and workshops each week where you will study the complexity of solving general systems of equations using matrix techniques and review the calculus of a single variable.
Engineering Mathematics 2
You will be introduced to techniques for solving selected first-order and second-order differential equations relevant to the analysis of generic engineering problems, spending around three hours per week in lectures and workshops.
This module introduces the principles of thermodynamics and the thermodynamic concepts relevant to the applications to building environment engineering. Topics covered include: dimensions and units, thermal properties, thermodynamic systems, energy, work and heat transfer processes, perfect gases, steady flow energy equation, 1st law and 2nd law of thermodynamics and basic modes of heat transfer. You will spend around four hours per week in lectures and practicals studying for this module.
Performance of Construction Materials
This module introduces you to some of the technical knowledge and techniques for surveying buildings and structures and identifying common defects using both qualitative and quantitative methods of assessment. Through a two-hour lecture each week you will cover topics such as moisture ingress, surface and interstitial condensation, freeze/thaw resistance, rot and infestation, sulphate attack, carbonation and corrosion.
This module introduces many of the key skills required by engineers, including: Report writing; literature searching; presentation skills; environmental matters; global and local issues; climate change; energy resources; alternative and appropriate technology; sustainability; patents and ethics. You will spend around two hours per week in lectures and seminars studying for this module.
Electricity and the Built Environment
You will be given an understanding of the role that electricity plays in controlling the environment within buildings and the wider built environment through two hours of lectures each week.
Environment Engineering Mathematics 1
This module introduces the algebra of complex numbers to provide a key mathematical tool for analysis of linear mathematical and engineering problems. The complexity of solving general systems of equations is introduced and their study using matrix techniques. The calculus of a single variable is reviewed and extended to develop techniques used in the analysis of engineering problems overall spending around three hours per week in lectures and workshops studying for this module.
Environment Engineering Mathematics 2
Introducing you to techniques for solving selected first-order and second-order differential equations relevant to the analysis of generic engineering problems The module also provides mathematical tools in terms of advanced differential calculus and vectors for modelling of generic engineering situations given in terms of multi-dimensional models. You will spend around two hours per week in lectures and workshops studying for this module.
Environmental Science for Architects 1
Introducing you to the environmental agenda as it applies to the architectural profession, you’ll explore the key bioclimatic strategies used to maintain appropriate conditions for the occupants of buildings thus tying together occupant comfort, building schedule and climate. You will have a two hour lecture per week using both physical modelling and computer simulation techniques to gain a better understanding of the strategies involved and their relationship with building design.
Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers
You will learn techniques for solving selected classes of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) relevant to the analysis of engineering topics This module also provides the basic calculus to help analyse engineering problems in two- or three-dimensions and special solutions of partial differential equations relevant to engineering applications. You will spend around three hours per week in lectures and workshops.
Acoustics and Lighting
This module introduces you to the fundamentals of acoustic and lighting phenomena as they relate to design within the built environment. During two hours of lectures each week, you will be given an overview of the psychological and technical considerations that underpin design requirements and explore the selection of acoustic and lighting strategies relating to the design of buildings through the introduction of appropriate tools and techniques.
Building Services Design 3
Introducing you to large scale building services, principally natural ventilation, air conditioning and other environmental control systems. You will discuss the reasons for resorting to and avoiding A/C and the consequent design issues. A variety of topics will be covered including: assessments of heat gains and losses, thermal comfort and relevant climatic data; system types and plant selection, location, sizing and design. For this module you will have two hours of lectures per week.
Building Services Design 4
This module expands the design principles of HVAC, along with utility services, and the fire protection systems, into a co-ordinated design You will examine how engineering systems are integrated into a building at the design stage and how design calculations are carried out and sketch drawings of system layouts are produced. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and tutorials.
Introduction of Renewable Energy
Examining various sources of renewable energy suitable for use in buildings, you will concentrate on wind, water waste heat, solar, geothermal and bio-mass as potential sources of energy. You will investigate the potential contribution they make to a building's energy requirement, the technology used to harness them and limitations associated with their use. For this module you will have a two hour lecture per week.
Advancing on from the year one module Thermofluids 1, you will cover topics such as: vapour compression and vapour absorption, adiabatic saturation of moist air, steady-state one-dimensional conduction of heat conduction;, convection heat transfer and introduction to radiant heat transfer. You will spend around four hours per week in lectures and laboratory classes studying for this module.
Sustainable Materials & Recycling
You will be introduced to psychrometrics and related material physical properties as well as the admittance model and numerical concepts of thermal admittance and decrement factor. In this module you will cover topics such as: applications and engineering properties of recycled and natural aggregates; hydraulic binders and pozzolans; concrete technology; earth materials; natural fibres and composites, and timber. For this module you will have a combination a two hour lecture per week.
Policy, Market and User Behaviour
This module discusses the important developments in legislation and government policies that have impact on the sustainable built environment. These include: energy policy development, energy strategy, Building Regulation part L, the EBPD, the EU and UK renewable energy policies, building energy performance and assessment methodology, and the building energy metering technology. You will spend around two hours per week in lectures.
Management Studies 1
Introducing you to modern management methods relevant to the running of a company, in lectures covering topics such as: basic economics; the essential requirements and aims of a business; preparing a business plan; accounting; the interpretation of accounts; programme management; the essentials of “lean” manufacture and the management of innovation. You will spend two hours per week for this module.
Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Energy
This module provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform an economic evaluation of the capital investments in energy conservation. Emphasis will be placed on development of the ability in life cycle cost analysis of sustainable energy technology required in the built environment economic assessments. You will spend around two hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
Control Systems of Built Environment
This module aims to provide you with a mix of theory and application through computer simulation of control systems with particular focus on buildings technologies. This includes deriving dynamic models of building service, block diagram presentation, time response of systems, and selection and design of a controller. You will spend two hours a week in lectures studying for this module.
Building Analysis 1
You will study topics such as: the inter-relationships within the building design process and the importance of an integrated approach; aspects of building design which enable sustainable performance in summer; the design of a building and its systems for cooling, ventilation and lighting with minimum carbon emissions. You will spend three hours in lecture each week.
Building Analysis 2
This module integrates the whole of the process of designing an extensive engineering solution for environmental control systems to be installed in an existing building which as at the design stage. You will spend around three hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
You will undertake an individual piece of original research on a topic in building/environmental services engineering. You will be allocated a supervisor and moderator who are both normally members of staff within the department in order to provide guidance in choosing and carrying out the project, while the moderator helps judge the effectiveness of your understanding and presentation of work.
Environmental Performance Modelling
In this module, methods of examining non-steady state performance of buildings will be introduced. Starting from a theoretical exploration of transient building response, computer simulation tools are introduced and then used to explore energy flows through buildings creating awareness of the relationship between building performance and climate, design, materiality and occupant behaviour. You will spend around 8 hours per week in lectures and practicals studying for this module.
Energy and Waste
The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of the importance of traditional fossil fuels and biomass fuels to the current and future energy supplies, the environmental impacts of energy consumption, the benefits and types of combined heat and power, and waste treatment and disposal. You will have a two hour lecture per week.
Topics of Heat Transfer
You will cover a number of topics relating to the study of engineering heat transfer including: heat exchangers, heat transfer enhancement, phase change processes, boiling and condensation, and the principles of heatpipes. You will spend around two hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week studying for this module.
Principles of Refrigeration and Its Applications
This module covers the topics of refrigeration technologies which are used for cooling and air conditioning. It introduces the mechanical and heat-powered refrigeration technologies based on vapour compressions, absorption, absorption, ejector and air cycles. Some advanced multi-stage, multi-effect and combined systems aimed for efficient use of thermal energy will also be introduced. You will spend around two hours per week in lectures and tutorials studying for this module.
Energy Systems Performance and Appraisal
This module will introduce you to specific energy supply technologies for various end-use e.g. heating, refrigeration, cooling, air-conditioning and electricity. You will employ a wide range of evaluation methods to assess the technical and economic performance of the technologies as well as examining the latest regulations and policies relating to the application of energy systems. You will have a two hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Techniques for conducting high-quality research projects in the area of engineering and science subjects will be studied including literature searches, timetabling and project management, experiment methodology design and analysis of results. Though a two hour lecture each week, the module aims to give preparation for further research working towards a PhD or involvement with industry-based research & development projects.
Computerised Mathematical Methods in Engineering
This module introduces you to the methodology and associated numerical techniques which will enable a selection of mathematical operations to be evaluated with the use of computer-based software algorithms to problems that cannot be solved analytically.
Management Studies 2
Through a two-hour lecture each week, you will understand how projects are selected and financially evaluated, learn to construct and monitor the elements of an engineering or business programme and develop the ability to manage risks and quality issues in the industrial and business context as well as understanding of the basics of English Law.
Regulation and Management of Energy Supply and Use
Through a two hour lecture each week you will study the framework of UK, EU and international policy, regulations and incentive schemes put in place for energy users and providers. General methods of investment appraisal and risk assessment will also be described as well as issues relating to project management, contract negotiation, and intellectual property protection.
Advanced Mathematical Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
This module covers advanced analytic mathematical techniques used to provide exact or approximate solutions to common classes of ordinary differential equations (ODES) typical in Engineering. You will spend around three hours per week in lectures and workshops studying for this module.
Energy Efficient Systems
Through a two-hour lecture each week, this module covers various energy technologies including a brief description of power generation; Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems; heat pumps; heat Recovery systems in buildings; condensing boilers technology, refrigeration systems, as well as integration of these technologies into the structure and services of buildings and quantifying the impact they constitute on the environment.