KB6010 - Low Carbon Thermal Systems

What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, problem-solving workshops, practical investigations and independent learning. The lectures will cover thermodynamics theories, system design methods and the use of economic metrics to enable you to carry out guided problem-solving exercises of relevance to current practice. You will work through these during problem-solving workshops and practical investigations. The problem-solving scenarios will be selected from current examples of the successful application of low carbon thermal systems in buildings around the world in which results can be verified and validated so that you will acquire confidence as you learn and develop analytical skills. As each topic proceeds, students will be directed to a range of problem-solving scenarios for tutor-guided independent learning. A ‘hands-on’ learning experience will be used to underpin your theoretical treatment of these systems.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided by tutors during problem-solving workshops and during practical investigations. These guided learning periods will enable tutors to engage in dialogue with students in order to help them either with individual questions or queries arising from small groups of students. Guidance on solving case studies will be periodically uploaded to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support student learning and students will be encouraged to raise questions and to make suggestions on the module VLE discussion board so that the whole group can benefit.

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 Defend your selection of appropriate low carbon system types for any given application.
MLO2 Identify and describe balance of system components to form complete low carbon system design solutions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Critically analyse low carbon system performances using established regulations and methods (e.g. Microgeneration Certification Scheme).
MLO4 Critically select economic appraisal metrics and use them to analyse low carbon system economics with the support of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Explain the role of low carbon thermal systems in reducing fuel poverty and helping to alleviate global warming.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment: An examination (70% weighting) will be used to test your ability to analyse and evaluate systems [MLO 1,2,3,4,5]. A coursework element (30% weighting) will be used to develop your skills and underpin the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures. [MLO 3,4,5].

Formative assessment will take place during problem-solving workshops and during the practical activities. The formative engagement will involve students on an individual and small-group basis. Formative feedback may be delivered verbally during these sessions, or digitally for access by students at a later time. Formative feedback on coursework shall be provided to the whole class after submission of the work.
Written summative feedback shall be provided on completion of the coursework and examination components.





Module abstract

Low carbon thermal systems, comprising heat pumps, combined heat and power systems and biomass heating, are key technologies for the delivery of the 100% reduction in carbon emissions that the UK is now legally committed to achieving by 2050. You will learn how to apply basic thermodynamic theory to these systems and then use the results to make design decisions regarding system choice and capacity-ratings matched to building loads, as well as to be able to analyse the economics in use. You will acquire knowledge and skills which are in high demand by consulting engineers and low carbon systems installers as well as to contribute to reducing fuel poverty and global warming.
Practical sessions will be used to support a ‘hands-on’ learning experience to underpin your theoretical treatment of these systems.
Your new knowledge and skills acquired in this module will be assessed by an examination and a coursework task. Supportive individual feedback will be provided for each assessment which will identify areas of merit and provide guidance for future development.

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

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