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This course is only open to graduates of the Gateshead College Foundation Degree in Building Services Engineering.

Architectural engineers (also called building services engineers in the UK) make sure that buildings reliably function as intended by architects. Their specialisms include heating, ventilation, lighting, power, escalators and security. At Northumbria, our Mechanical and Architectural Engineering course focuses on sustainability, ensuring that our graduates acquire the skills they need to become specialists in building energy modelling and passive design techniques.

The core of the course is the same as for our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, where you will study subjects such as engineering analytics, engineering science and manufacturing systems. You’ll also study specialist architectural engineering modules covering thermal conditioning systems, low carbon thermal systems, thermal and visual analysis, and electrical and lighting systems. An application of mathematics is an important aspect of the course.

Accreditation

CIBSE logoThis course will be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

This BEng (Hons) course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. You can fully meet the requirement for Chartered Engineer registration by studying for an additional year and gaining an MEng (Hons).

There is currently a shortage of mechanical and architectural engineers so, by taking this course, you’ll have excellent career prospects.

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Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years part-time

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

An HND or FD in Building Services Engineering or a cognate subject.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB5004 -

Thermal Conditioning Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

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 relevant Architectural Engineering software, broader research material, technical indexes and search engines to reflect professional practice.

More information

KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

More information

KB5007 -

Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

More information

KB5010 -

Thermal Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will build upon your knowledge of psychrometrics as you learn how to design commonly used air conditioning systems and you will use your previously gained knowledge of fundamental fluid flow to learn how to design practical ductwork systems.
The theory and key components of air handling and refrigeration plants will be explored in order to build your understanding of air conditioning equipment selection and sizing.
You will learn how to design heating systems for buildings to be able to meet the efficiency requirements of Building Regulations. Your understanding of fluid flow will be applied as you explore fundamental differences between varying designs of pressurised water-based heating systems including issues related to design, sizing and component selection, and you will learn how to quantify the associated advantages and challenges linked to use of different systems.

More information

KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

More information

KB5011 -

Electrical and Lighting Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to understand the design principles and strategies which enable you to design efficient electrical and lighting systems within buildings.

You will explore a range of electrical systems, considering the impact of legislation and exploring the relationship between key components. Minimising the risk of electrical installations is essential and you will learn how to design to cope with potential fault conditions in mind to ensure safety of the building and its occupants. You will develop your understanding of a range of lighting systems and explore their functions and relationships to building design. Daylighting and the interaction with artificial lighting will be explored along with appropriate control strategies. Additionally, you will develop your system design skills, utilising your knowledge of underpinning theory and making use of manual calculations and industry standard software to produce a safe and efficient design for a case study building.

More information

KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

More information

KB6010 -

Low Carbon Thermal Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about thermal systems for the generation of low carbon heat and electrical power in buildings.
You will review thermodynamic theories, with a focus on those relevant to combined heat and power systems and to heat pump systems. You will then go on to consider the application of these theories to practical system options for buildings, and then develop your skills so that you can analyse the economics of these systems in use.

More information

KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

More information

KB6006 -

Building Thermal & Visual Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about human physiology related to the nature of heat, sound, and light and how theory relates to the procedures adopted for the design of thermal systems and daylighting within buildings. You will also learn about the provision of ventilation in the reduction of air borne contaminants and about the science of light, vision and acoustics in respect of the built environment.
Techniques to optimise the buildings performance, and thus lower its carbon emissions, will be explained and discussed in lectures. You will also become familiar with industry standard software tools for assessing and improving building energy performance through daylight simulations and dynamic thermal analysis. The role of these software tools for improving building performance and for proving compliance with Building Regulations will be addressed.

More information

KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB5004 -

Thermal Conditioning Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

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 relevant Architectural Engineering software, broader research material, technical indexes and search engines to reflect professional practice.

More information

KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

More information

KB5007 -

Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

More information

KB5010 -

Thermal Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will build upon your knowledge of psychrometrics as you learn how to design commonly used air conditioning systems and you will use your previously gained knowledge of fundamental fluid flow to learn how to design practical ductwork systems.
The theory and key components of air handling and refrigeration plants will be explored in order to build your understanding of air conditioning equipment selection and sizing.
You will learn how to design heating systems for buildings to be able to meet the efficiency requirements of Building Regulations. Your understanding of fluid flow will be applied as you explore fundamental differences between varying designs of pressurised water-based heating systems including issues related to design, sizing and component selection, and you will learn how to quantify the associated advantages and challenges linked to use of different systems.

More information

KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

More information

KB5011 -

Electrical and Lighting Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to understand the design principles and strategies which enable you to design efficient electrical and lighting systems within buildings.

You will explore a range of electrical systems, considering the impact of legislation and exploring the relationship between key components. Minimising the risk of electrical installations is essential and you will learn how to design to cope with potential fault conditions in mind to ensure safety of the building and its occupants. You will develop your understanding of a range of lighting systems and explore their functions and relationships to building design. Daylighting and the interaction with artificial lighting will be explored along with appropriate control strategies. Additionally, you will develop your system design skills, utilising your knowledge of underpinning theory and making use of manual calculations and industry standard software to produce a safe and efficient design for a case study building.

More information

KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

More information

KB6010 -

Low Carbon Thermal Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about thermal systems for the generation of low carbon heat and electrical power in buildings.
You will review thermodynamic theories, with a focus on those relevant to combined heat and power systems and to heat pump systems. You will then go on to consider the application of these theories to practical system options for buildings, and then develop your skills so that you can analyse the economics of these systems in use.

More information

KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

More information

KB6006 -

Building Thermal & Visual Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about human physiology related to the nature of heat, sound, and light and how theory relates to the procedures adopted for the design of thermal systems and daylighting within buildings. You will also learn about the provision of ventilation in the reduction of air borne contaminants and about the science of light, vision and acoustics in respect of the built environment.
Techniques to optimise the buildings performance, and thus lower its carbon emissions, will be explained and discussed in lectures. You will also become familiar with industry standard software tools for assessing and improving building energy performance through daylight simulations and dynamic thermal analysis. The role of these software tools for improving building performance and for proving compliance with Building Regulations will be addressed.

More information

KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

More information

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Contact Details for Applicants:

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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