SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2H102878
Module Leader Marek Maletka
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of year 1 modules for BEng Building Services Engineering or equivalent

Summary of Content

A firm foundation in the use of computer applications to assist with building services design work is provided. The student will use software for draughting and for general purpose building services design (ie HEVACOMP). To assist in the learning process there will be some lectures providing an integrated approach to design work .


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: CAD: Introduction to CAD. Standard techniques - model/paperspace, use of windows, draw and modify toolbars, line types, text and dimension styles, layering, parametric symbols,etc. Building Services Design Drawing: Drawings of small power wiring, fire alarm systems, lighting circuits and equipment, heating pipework and emitters, ventilation ductwork and air conditioning equipment. Schematics and standard symbols. Building Services Design Software (HEVACOMP): Introduction to the HEVACOMP software package. Use of design software for the analysis and calculations relating to U values, heat losses, radiator sizing, pipe system design, heat gain and ventilation system design.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Benchmarks A3,A4,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C3 and C4 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:- Use a CAD package to produce layout plans of building services systems (electrical and mechanical) to a standard format (A3,A4,A5,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C3,C4)- Complete building services designs using HEVACOMP or equivalent software (A3,A4,A5,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C3,C4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will operate a basic "hands-on" learning technique, supported, as required, by lectures and structured seminars. By the completion of appropriate design work and the presentation of this material in a well-structured format, students will undergo a learning experience that should be immediately useful to engineers within the industry. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Anon. (1999) AutoCAD Architectural Desktop Release 2 - User's Guide, Albany, N.Y., Autodesk Press. Anon. (2000) AutoCAD 2000i - User's Guide, Albany, N.Y., Autodesk Press. British Standards Institute. (2000) Technical Product Documentation (TPD) - Specification for defining, specifying and graphically representing products. BS8888:2000. London BSI. Jefferis, A. (2000) AutoCAD 2000 for Architecture, Albany, N.Y., AutoDesk Press. McFarlane, R. (2000) Beginning AutoCAD 2000, London, Arnold. The Scottish Executive (2001) Technical Standards (Sixth Amendment) For compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990. Edinburgh, The Stationery Office. Wyatt, W. (2001) Accessing AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, release 2, Albany, N.Y., AutoDesk press. HEVACOMP Design Manual (Computer-based) CIBSE Guides A, B and C

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1,D2,D5,D6 and D8 for transferable skills as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module. - Students will develop their practical design skills. (D4,D6) - The integrated format of the coursework will enhance students' ability to take a holistic view of a design problem. (D1) - Computing and keyboard skills will be enhanced. (D2) - Students will gain overall confidence for design work in the computer/IT based environment in which businesses and consultancies operate. (D5,D8) - Independent learning skills will be developed. (D8)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 2.00
Practicals (PT) 10.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 70.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% CAD draughting exercise
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% HEVACOMP design