KB5007 - Energy Systems

What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn from engaging with a range of teaching methods and through direct contact and guided work form the tutors as well as carrying out guided independent work.
Your learning will include a lecture programme to cover technical aspects, seminars for problem solving and answering questions and a set of laboratory exercises supported by a case studies.
Experimental learning using laboratory based equipment will be implemented to allow you to explore details of the theory presented in the lecturers.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your experience by your engagement with real engineering problems, using innovative design approaches, theory and simulations to predict the performance of energy systems such your own home environment appliances and buildings.
You will carry on a project on an energy generation topic, supported within seminars, which will be developed to undertake a detailed technical audit and assessment including concepts embedded within sustainable energy use

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures will be used to explain key concepts and then the tutors will direct you to sources which will encourage you to develop your ability to study independently, These will be supported with seminar discussions with participation of both peers and tutors. Approaches such as use of case studies or guest speakers from practicing engineers will further enhance your learning experience and employability .
The use of e-learning portal discussion board and feedback surveys will enable students to highlight issues and help academic staff to quickly and efficiently resolve them.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Able to design, analyse and develop integrated sustainable energy conversion system theory and practice.
MLO2 Able to define and use computer aided simulation tools for solving thermal energy conversion problems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Able to investigate and define a problem systematically and logically.
MLO4 Able to apply innovative analytical problem solving skills, with laboratory experimentation techniques to solve real world problems

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Work individually and also within a collaborative working environment to apply ethical and sustainable solutions to engineering problems.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

• Coursework (50%, 3000 words or equivalent)
MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

• Examination (50%, 2 hr). MLO 1, 2, 3, 4.

Individual written feedback will be given on all summative assessments within 20 working days
Formative Assessments

Formative assessment and problem solving for learning will be provided in seminar work which will include problems designed to aid understanding.





Module abstract

Energy Conversion systems are everywhere around us, reliably turning fuel into mechanical and electrical energy, heat and cooling for society.
This module will enable you to understand energy system design and assess a range of key energy conversion systems from micro to mega scale generation processes using a combination of traditional fossil fuels with biofuels and biomass. You will develop an understanding of energy use, energy losses and energy management.
You will learn how to apply industrial sustainable energy solutions and modern hardware in a collaborative group supportive environment to solve real world problems. Your learning will be supported by example applications with reference to dedicated Air conditioning, IC engines and combustion chamber laboratory apparatus.

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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