SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K223962
Module Leader Mark Phillipson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The prime purpose of this module is to introduce students to a standard building services design software package (namely HEVACOMP) that has wide usage throughout the industry. The module will be taught to students who have limited basic engineering knowledge and limited experience of building services design. The aim of the module is therefore to introduce students in a general way to a range of important concepts and criteria and at the same time to show how relevant data can be applied to a realistic building design to achieve important results using a computer design package. Students will consolidate learning by writing two short coursework reports describing the tasks that have been tackled, the data used and the results achieved. Most students attempting this module should be reasonably competent in general computing skills. This module will therefore not specifically teach general computing skills such as use of the Microsoft Windows operating environment and word-processing using Microsoft Word but will provide assistance with these aspects based on the individual needs of each student. Information technology skills will therefore be developed and enhanced whilst students are taught the use of software for building services design.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: Computer Hardware and Software: An introduction to the university computer facilities and procedures. Hardware and software availability. Usernames, passwords, personal file management and printing facilities. File Management: Basic tasks and principles of file management: create files, copy files, save files, delete files, create folders, use file management utilities. Use of Help facilities. Building Services Design Software: Introduction to the use of an industry standard building services design software package (HEVACOMP). Model building within the design package. Introduction to important data items / types for building performance analysis. Glodal editing of data to facilitate efficient analysis of building performance. Heat loss calculations. Selection of radiators. Design of pipework layouts for a heating system. Calculation of pipe and pump sizes. Design and sizing of ventilation systems. Use of software Help facilities. Searching for Computer-Based Resources: Introduction to technical information resources available via the internet. Specific training of searching using the library resources available. Word Processing: Use of Word for Windows to word process documents. Text entry, text editing and page formatting. Inserting text from another file. Incorporation of simple tables, graphs, line diagrams, clipart and equations. Integration of skills for report writing: Using a range of software applications to produce reports. Use of Help systems and support documentation. Printing of documents in selected format and to selected printer.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Benchmark A3 as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module.On completion of this module the student should be able to:- Build a model of a building within the design software package. (A3)- Complete simple heat loss calculations for an office building using building services design software. (A3)- Design a simple low pressure hot water (lphw) 2 pipe heating system (A3)- Design supply and extract ventilation systems (A3)- Analyse predicted building performance based on building services design software (A3).- Be reasonably competent in the use of the Microsoft Windows operating environment. (A3)- Be reasonably competent in the use of the Microsoft Word word-processing Package (A3)- Demonstrate an ability to search for published material using University on-line library catalogues. (A3)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will comprise a 'hands-on' learning approach within a computer laboratory, supported, as required, by lectures and structured seminars. Regular informal feedback will be given during laboratory sessions. The module particularly addresses the following Principles of the Strategy for Learning. Engaged Learning - the module will enhance student engagement with the fundamental engineering principles that underpin the mechanical design of building services engineering. Real world problem solving - the module will develop simulated professional design problems to solve and challenge the students to find viable solutions. This will be done through laboratory tutorials, seminars and coursework. Broader and Deeper Learning - the module seeks to develop a broad skill set for students which give a wider professional perspective. Feedback will be given to challenge understanding and enhance appreciation of the wider professional context. Inclusive, Accessible Learning - students will have varied levels of prior learning, so this module will tailor delivery of content to ensure that all students have appropriate engagement in order to give a fundamental learning experience that will underpin their studies in subsequent years.

Indicative Reading

Windows for Dummies' or similar self-help manuals. HEVACOMP Design Manual (Computer-Based) CIBSE Design Guides A, B and C No other reading list is necessary as all work will be of a practical nature and aimed at developing skills.

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1,D2,D5 and D8 for transferable skills as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module. On completion of this module, students will have developed the following transferable skills. - Students will develop a wide range of information technology and communication skills whilst gaining a fuller understanding and appreciation of the use and importance of computers in a modern technological society. (D1,D2,D5) - Independent learning skills will be developed. (D8) - Computing and keyboard skills will be enhanced. (D2)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (PT) 134.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Building performance analysis report
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Full services design report