KB5004 - Thermal Conditioning Systems 1

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the thermal properties and performance of construction materials, how these relate to the energy consumption for heating and cooling and how the use of a building (occupancy), together with its’ thermal performance, influences the energy demand and subsequently the capacity of the systems and plant required in order to make the building comfortable.

You will learn about thermal comfort and the balance between the consumption of energy in providing thermal comfort, within the boundaries of the Legislative requirements, for the conservation of fuel and power.

You will learn the basis of the calculation procedures involved in the assessment of heating and cooling loads, utilising Architectural Engineering software, broader research material, technical indexes and search engines to reflect professional practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of lectures and seminars supported by laboratory activities. Lecture periods will be used to convey the bulk of the information and theoretical principles. Seminar sessions will be of a problem solving nature to enable you to apply the theory gained from the lectures onto practical solutions. Laboratory activities will be used to show how bespoke software is used in the calculation processes. Directed learning consists of tutorial problem sheets to further your understanding and confidence. Independent learning supports the assessment methodology by building your understanding and confidence that you are gaining skills that are valuable to employers.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during seminars, lectures and laboratories. In addition, tutors will use the University’s eLearning Portal to provide electronic versions of all module material. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. Some sessions will be video recorded and made available for your revision purposes via the eLP. Additionally the online reading list will frequently link directly to resources in the Universities award winning library making your study efficient.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Calculate the thermal performance of multi-layered building structures.
MLO2 Select appropriate comfort conditions for occupants in a range of room types.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Calculate the design heating and cooling loads, through manual calculation and the use of software.
MLO4 Explain the main Statutory Regulations and Industry Guidance, relevant to the discipline.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Discuss the contribution that high standards of building thermal insulation and air tightness can play in reducing fuel poverty.

How will I be assessed?

The coursework portfolio (addressing MLO’s 1,3,4) is designed for the assessment of your practical skills and, in this module, will consist of laboratory work and report writing. Formative feedback shall be delivered verbally to you during the seminar sessions and during small group laboratory practicals. Summative feedback on your portfolio will be provided in order to help you improve your performance in subsequent work.

The examination (addressing MLO’s 1,2,3,5) will assess your ability to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding. Summative feedback for the exam will be provided written on your exam script and in the form of a marking scheme which will be made available to you via the eLearning Platform.

Formative assessment will be through problem solving tasks in the seminar sessions and set as part your directed learning. The rationale for these problem solving tasks is to support your learning by engagement with ‘real scenario’ calculation, analysis and application to specific design situations. The aim is to broaden and deepen your understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.





Module abstract

‘Thermal Systems 1’ will give you an essential grounding in thermal comfort criterion, the composition of energy load calculations for heating and cooling and introduce the process of psychrometric analysis. This module presents a comprehensive and detailed consideration of the theory and practice of Building heating and cooling (air conditioning) load calculation and analysis. The relationship between calculated values and over-arching regulation ( Building Regulations) is explored.
This module will prepare you for later modules such as Thermal Systems 2, which considers the application of systems to counter the calculated loads, as well as for an optional placement in your third year. Employers are looking for skilled design engineers who can work as individuals and as members of a team in designing energy efficient systems for buildings and analysing their performance.
Assessment is by examination (70%) and a coursework portfolio (30%). Formative feedback is in seminar problem solving workshops and laboratory sessions. You will also engage with research outputs as part of your research-rich learning.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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