KB5010 - Thermal Systems 2

What will I learn on this module?

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.

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 in practical system design or analysis problems. These sessions also provide opportunities for active discussion and the provision of formative feedback in a low risk environment where we encourage you to ask questions.

Directed learning consists of tutorial problems and practical tasks designed to further your understanding and develop your confidence in these areas. Directed learning tasks also help to prepare you for future project modules and for experience in industry. Independent learning supports both the coursework activity and examination assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during seminars, lectures and practical sessions. 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 provides aids for reinforcing your learning. Some sessions will be video recorded and made available via the VLE to support your learning. Additionally, to support you in studying effectively, 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 Design and optimise pipe and duct networks for building HVAC systems and select appropriate fans/pumps.

MLO2 Select appropriate HVAC plant and analyse the characteristics of these systems in their operation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 You will develop your skills in the design of air conditioning and heating systems which you will be able to use in your placement and employment.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4 Be able to explain passive building design measures and low carbon heating, ventilating and cooling strategies and how these are positive ways to contribute to today’s global society concerned with the impacts of climate change.

How will I be assessed?

Your main element of summative assessment (70%) will be an examination which will assess your knowledge and understanding in the key areas of the subject needed for the development of your design skills [MLO 1,2,4]. The other summative assessment is a piece of coursework (30%) designed for the assessment of your practical skills [MLO 3].

You will experience formative assessment through problem solving tasks in the seminar sessions and as part your directed learning. The rationale for these problem-solving tasks is to support and enhance your learning by the application of systems design procedures and analysis techniques to specific design situations.
Formative feedback shall be delivered verbally to you during the seminar sessions and during small group practical sessions. Written feedback is provided upon return of the marked coursework which is designed to help you enhance your performance in future work. You will also receive feedback for your exam in the form of brief comments/marks on your exam script and a marking scheme which will be made available to you via our VLE.





Module abstract

Studying this module will enable you to build an essential understanding of heating and air conditioning systems design, operation, and analysis. This module presents a comprehensive and detailed consideration of the theory and practice of heating and air conditioning systems selection and design. System design is considered by studying the characteristics of major components and their performance within complete systems.
This module will prepare you for later design orientated modules, as well as for the optional industrial placement. 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 piece of coursework. Formative feedback is provided in seminars and practical sessions. Supportive individual feedback will be provided for each assessment, this will identify areas of merit and offer suggestions for future improvement. 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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