KB5007 - Energy Systems

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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 thoroughly in your comprehensive multi-dimensional and interconnected understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems, air conditioning systems, energy audit and problem solving during this single semester module. You will be given opportunities on several occasion during the course of your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics we shall be covering during seminars in particular.

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 some work on your own.

This will include a lecture programme to cover technical aspects; seminars for problem solving and answering questions; a small set of laboratory exercises supported by a case study and invited guest industrial speakers. Additionally, you will be encouraged to engage with the IMechE regional seminars.

The experimental learning using laboratory based equipment will be implemented to allow you to better understand 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 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, especially from the sustainability issues, to generate a comprehensive research and future development report.

The use of Panopto system to record key reviews lecturers and seminars will enhance your learning and ensure consistence of delivery of the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module will be delivered by a module team (consisting at least of 2 academic staff).

The 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. The use of case studies and guest speakers from practicing engineers will further enhance your learning experience and employability. Providing you the opportunity to ask questions of practicing engineers to learn from their experience and understand the skills needed on graduation.

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

• Individual (30%) energy generation topic, critical review form sustainability point of view, proposal to improve the system performance (Approx. 3,000, words 10 pages). MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Feedback given to students individually in class within 20 working days submission

• Individual laboratory technical report (20%), (Approx. 1500 words), MLO 1,2,4,4,5. Feedback given to students induvially in class within 20 working days.

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

Feedback will be given to students via examination scripts and examination performance common errors sessions.

Formative Assessments

Assessments and problem solving for learning: Seminars (problem solving sessions) will be provided during seminar work which will include problems designed to aid student understanding. Discussions during seminars will be focused on student centred learning and problem solving predominately based around the group research activity with problem based learning


An understanding of Energy systems, at Level 4
KB4000 – Engineering Science



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 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. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience by using dedicated Air conditioning, IC engines and combustion chambers laboratory apparatus.

Assessment blended between
• An individual investigation based on your own dwelling undertaking and sustainability and performance assessments, and possible improvements (30%).
• Lab. Report based on Laboratory experiments, analysis (20%).
• Examination covering design and analysis of energy conversion systems (50%).

Course info

UCAS Code H300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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