KB5011 - Electrical and Lighting Systems

What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through engagement with a variety of learning opportunities. They will consist of a lecture programme to cover the theoretical and technical aspects of design; seminars for problem solving and design tasks and supported by practical workshops and the use of design software.

You will be directed to study relevant research papers, journals and technical reports to further your understanding and confidence in the subject matter. Making use of a range of literature will support you in enhancing your subject understanding, which can be developed further as you begin to develop your own learning skills as you seek out additional sources of information.
Your experience will be enhanced through engagement with real world problems in the coursework, requiring you to use skills in areas such as innovation, design and simulation.

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 aids for reinforcing your learning. To support you in your learning and understanding you will have electronic access to relevant industry specific documentation.
All of these support mechanisms and learning and teaching approaches will help to you to prepare for the assessments and prepare you for further learning in the programme.

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 Demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles and methodology related to electrical and lighting system design.

MLO2 Apply appropriate calculations to the design of electrical and lighting systems for buildings and specify circuit and installation components appropriate to these systems and know and analyse the characteristics of these systems in their operation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Apply scientific principles and design methodologies to the analysis and design of electrical and lighting systems in buildings in compliance with current safety standards and professional body recommendations.

MLO4 Identify, classify and describe the performance of electrical and lighting systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Develop and reinforce the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you solve problems and learn how to produce design solutions that will work in practice and follow an energy efficient philosophy within the restraints of environmental, sustainability, health and safety and risk factors.

How will I be assessed?

An examination will form 50% of the module assessment and will assess your knowledge and understanding in the key areas of the subject needed for the development of your design skills (MLO 1, 2, 3 and 4).
The coursework forms the remaining 50% of the module assessment and addresses all MLOs. Feedback on these assessments will be in writing and will feed into future assessments as well as supporting your future learning.

To enable you to develop your skills you will receive formative feedback based on problem-solving tasks that you complete during seminars.. The aim of these problem-solving activities is to broaden and deepen your understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject and to demonstrate their application to real world problems. Formative feedback may be delivered verbally and/or digitally.





Module abstract

Studying this ‘Electrical and Lighting Systems’ module will enable you to develop an essential understanding of systems design, analysis and operation within buildings. You will also build an understanding of how to develop designs from concept through to the final design in compliance with current safety standards and professional body recommendations.
This module will prepare you for later design orientated modules as well as for an optional industrial placement. Employers are looking for skilled design engineers who can work as individuals, and as members of a team, in designing efficient and compliant electrical and lighting systems for buildings and for engineers who are able to analyse and evaluate system performance.
You will study the principles and strategies of design, work through design exercises, undertake practical workshops and utilise industry relevant design software. You will also critically engage with research outputs as part of your research-rich learning. Assessment in this module is through a combination of coursework and examination. Supportive individual feedback will be provided for each assessment which will identify areas of merit and offer guidance for future improvement.

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

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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