KB5011 - Electrical and Lighting Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn to understand the design principles and strategies to enable you to design efficient electrical and lighting systems within buildings. Specifically, you will study the following subject areas:

Electrical Systems
Electrical supply systems, arrangements and earthing system classifications;
Final circuit arrangements, Transmission and installation methods;
Protection devices, isolation and switching;
Circuit design for overload, overcurrent, shock protection and volt drop compliance;
Diversity and Discrimination;
Earthing conductor sizing and alternative protection arrangements;
High Integrity, Clean and Low Voltage earthing systems;
Building electrical load estimating and the Design Process;
Electrical installation design with Industry standard software;
Power quality;
Medium Voltage distribution and protection;
Power Factor Correction;
Fire and Alarm systems.

Lighting Systems
Light sources and control;
Design overview and lighting Systems;
Luminaires and photometric data;
Daylighting in buildings;
Artificial lighting design;
Energy prediction;
Lighting circuits and control;
Building wide lighting control
Emergency lighting;
Lighting design with Industry standard software.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through engagement with a variety of learning opportunities. They will consist of a lecture programme to cover the theoretical and technical aspects of design; seminars for problem solving and design tasks and supported by practical workshops and the use of design software.
You will be directed to study relevant research papers, journals and technical reports to further your understanding and confidence. This will prepare you to begin to take the first steps in enhancing your subject understanding by working on your own to seek out additional sources of information.
Your experience will be enhanced through engagement with real world problems in the coursework, whereby you have to use innovation, design theory and simulation to design the electrical and lighting systems for a project building.

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 (Blackboard) to provide electronic versions of all module material.
The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. To support you in your learning, understanding you will have access to the on-line Wiring Regulations and Professional guides and the CIBSE and SLL lighting guides.
All of these support mechanisms and learning and teaching approaches will help to deliver the assessments and prepare you for further learning in the programme.

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 Demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles and methodology related to electrical and lighting system design.

MLO2 Apply appropriate calculations to the design of electrical and lighting systems for buildings and specify circuit and installation components appropriate to these systems and know and analyse the characteristics of these systems in their operation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Apply scientific principles and design methodologies to the analysis and design of electrical and lighting systems in buildings in compliance with current safety standards and professional body recommendations.

MLO4 Identify, classify and describe the performance of electrical and lighting systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Develop and reinforce the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you solve problems and learn how to produce design solutions that will work in practice and follow an energy efficient philosophy within the restraints of environmental, sustainability, health and safety and risk factors.

How will I be assessed?

An examination will form 50% of the module assessment and will assess your knowledge and understanding in the key areas of the subject needed for the development of your design skills addressing MLO 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The coursework portfolio forms the remaining 50% of the module assessment, addresses all MLOs, and is designed to assess the practical skills learnt and will consist of building wide Electrical and lighting design project. Feedback on these marked assessments will be in writing and will feed into later assessments as well as supporting your future learning.

You will receive formative feedback to allow you to improve through problem solving tasks in the seminar sessions. The rationale for the problem solving tasks is to support your learning by the application of systems design procedures and analysis techniques to specific design scenarios. The aim is to broaden and deepen your understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject and to demonstrate their application to real world problems. This feedback will be delivered verbally to you during the seminar sessions and during small group IT and practical workshops.


KB4000 Engineering Systems – (or an equivalent understanding and knowledge of electrical principles from prior learning)



Module abstract

Studying this ‘Electrical and Lighting Systems’ module will enable you to develop an essential understanding of systems design, analysis and operation within buildings and how to develop designs from concept through to the final design in compliance with current safety standards and professional body recommendations.
This module will prepare you for later modules such as ‘Interdisciplinary Design Project’, ‘Sustainable Energy Systems’ and the visual aspects of ‘Building Thermal and Visual Analysis’, 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 efficient and compliant electrical and lighting systems for buildings and analysing their performance.
You will study the principles and strategies of design, work through design exercises, undertake practical workshops and utilise industry standard design software. You will also critically 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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