SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K102913
Module Leader Marek Maletka
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of level 1 modules for BSc Building Services Engineering or equivalent.

Summary of Content

Case studies are presented and discussed with full student participation. These studies are intended to provide students with a structured experience of the multidisciplinary decision-making process within building services engineering and the values and business drivers that influence final specifications.


Casework studies will be designed to reflect the mechanical-electronic-environmental themes that most engineers will experience and the associated effects of management aspects such as marketing, finance and industrial relations. The studies will foster the ability to identify relationships among selected scientific, technological, and business disciplines and stimulate an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to the problems posed. The students will be challenged to integrate customer aspirations, regulatory compliance, innovation and profitability into an agreed solution. Casework will be presented by a team drawn from the main contributing subject areas and will be led by a case leader who will coordinate the presentations. The team will be available in a consultant capacity to the student thus requiring the student to use initiative to obtain information. Case Study 1: The first case study will be predominantly technical in content. It will be based on the taught technical material in the programme and should demonstrate a breadth of technical understanding. A typical example of a suitable case study would be that of an energy audit of a student's home. This should be stimulating for students and would require students to consider all services and other factors related to the energy efficiency of the building. Case Study 2: The second case study will be oriented towards the building services profession. It will be treated as a team activity and will be used as a vehicle for teaching material related to building services as an integral part of the construction industry and the commercial world.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: The Engineering Benchmarks A4, A5, A6, A7, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, C1,C3, C4, C6 as specified in the BSc Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module.1. Specify a plan of action for interpreting and managing the situation revealed in the study A4, A6, C62. Identify several alternative solutions within the open-ended multidisciplinary studies A4, A5, A6, A7, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, C43.Analyse systems which will involve integrated systems including a selection of mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid and control elements A4, A5, A7, B2, B3, B5, C14. Use computer techniques and/or software packages in the design of mechanical or electrical or manufacturing systems, having regard to the given constraints A4, A6, B1, B3, B4, C1, C35. Summarise the factors which should be considered when selecting a solution from the data presented A4, A5, A6, A7, B2, B66. Justify the selected solution having regard to the given constraints A4, A5, A6, A7, B2, C67.Explain how the various parts of the building services and construction professions relate to one another (A6, C6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A seminar approach is used wherever possible to maximise the input from students in the solution of problems of a multidisciplinary nature. The students are also required to research and evaluate alternative solutions independently. 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

No specific reading list is recommended. The most appropriate books will depend on the case being studied.

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8 as specified in the BSc Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Document apply to this module The case studies provide an extremely useful vehicle for integrating material on the BSc course. The approach adopted encourages students to participate in discussion of the problems involved and to see engineering subjects in the context of the real world. The skills developed include communication, team work and an open-minded approach to problem solving.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Case Study (Technical)
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Case Study (Management)