KB5004 - Thermal Conditioning Systems 1

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 relevant 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 practical activities. Lecture periods will be used to convey the core information and theoretical principles. Seminar sessions will be of a problem- solving nature to enable you to apply the theory gained from the lectures to practical situations.

Practical activities will demonstrate how relevant software is used in the calculation processes. Directed learning which involves completion of tutorial problems, along with your independent learning activity will enable you to further your understanding and develop your confidence.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during planned activities. In addition, tutors will use the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide electronic versions of module material. The University’s VLE offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. Some sessions will be video recorded and made available to support your learning via the VLE. Additionally, to support the efficiency of your study, the online reading list will frequently link directly to electronic resources and to resources in the University library.

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 (addressing MLO’s 1,3,4) is designed for the assessment of your practical skills and your ability to consider these in line with relevant guidance and regulations. Formative feedback shall be delivered verbally to you during seminar sessions and during small group practical sessions. Summative feedback will be provided in order to help you develop your understanding and your practical ability.

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 VLE.

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.





Module abstract

Thermal Conditioning 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 Building Regulations is explored.
This module will prepare you for later modules which consider the application of systems to counter the calculated loads, as well as for an industrial placement should you choose to complete one. 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 and a coursework task portfolio. Formative feedback is provided in seminars, problem solving workshops and practical 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

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. 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.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

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


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