KB6006 - Building Thermal & Visual Analysis

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about human physiology related to the nature of heat and lightand how theory relates to the procedures adopted for the design of thermal systems and daylighting within buildings. You will aslo learn about the provision of ventilation in the reduction of air borne contaminants and about the science of light, vision and colour in respect of the built environment. You will also become familiar with industry standard software tools (e.g. IES Virtual Environment) for assessing and improving building performance through daylight simulations and dynamic thermal analsyis. The role of these software tools for improving building performance and also for proving compliance with approved document part L2A will be addressed.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of lectures and seminars supported by IT workshop 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 in applied solutions or discussion based around recommended reading to build an understanding about the practical application of the theory. IT Laboratories will be used to develop knowledge and confidence in the use of industry recognised dynamic analysis software.
Directed study is designed to further your understanding and confidence. Independent learning supports both coursework reports. Research related to the Legislative control of energy associated with the key topic areas, will broaden the student’s knowledge base.
This module runs alongside the ‘Investagative Project’ and is designed to completement it. The building thermal modelling and analysis work for the ‘Investigative Project’ is carried out, with tuition and guidance, in this module. In addition to the IT workshop sessions additional guidance and clarififcation will be provided in the form of short tutorial videos.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during seminars, lectures and IT workshops. In addition tutors will use the University’s eLearning Portal to provide electronic versions of all module material including tutorial videos. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. Part time students are advised to seriously consider purchasing a student licence for IES VE as the module requires students to spend significiant time running simulations in order to improve the building performance.
Some taught sessions will be video recorded and made available for your review 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 Use thermal analysis software to interegate and improve the thermal performance of a virtual building model.
MLO2 Use manual and software calculation to examine and improve the daylight performance of spaces.
MLO3 Demonstrate your ablity to utilize dynamic simulation software to develop and improve the thermal and visual performance of a virtual building model making use of passive design techniques where appropriate.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 Contrast the predicted performance of a virtual building model against benchmarks and regulatory standards.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Discuss how the use of dynamic thermal simulation software is able to contribute to the low carbon requirements of society today, whilst also ensuring that human comfort in the built environment is not compromised.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will be by coursework which will assess your knowledge and understanding in the key areas of the subject needed for the development of your analysis skills. The coursework portfolio is designed for the assessment of your practical skills and, in this module, will consist of IT laboratory work, with subsequent reports, in two submissions. These will be weighted 25% (MLO’s 1,2) and 75% (MLO’s 3,4,5) respectively.
Formative assessment will be through problem solving tasks in the seminar sessions and as part your directed learning. The rationale for the problem solving tasks is to support your learning by the application of manual calculation and analysis techniques to specific criteria. The aim is to broaden and deepen your understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.
Formative feedback shall be delivered verbally to you during the seminar sessions and during IT laboratory sessions. Written feedback is provided upon return of the coursework.





Module abstract

Thermal and Visual Analysis will give you an understanding of the science and analysis techniques associated with thermal comfort, ventilation provision and visual performance, within the built environment. This module presents a comprehensive and detailed consideration of the theory and application, through use of simulation software, of comfort and design parameters required for a thermally and visually successful design solution.
This module will run in parallel with the interdisciplinary Design Project and Systems Modelling and Analysis, offering an opportunity to synchronise the theoretical elements covered with a practical application defined within the project. Employers are looking for skilled design engineers who can work as individuals and as members of a team in designing energy efficient systems, which also produce comfortable and sustainable buildings through analysis of performance, initially through system modelling.
Assessment is by coursework portfolio (25%/75%). Formative feedback is in seminar problem solving workshops and IT laboratory sessions. You will also engage with research outputs/ case study material 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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