SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K223202
Module Leader George Loumakis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1K202824 Construction Materials and M1K202825 Construction Technology 1

Summary of Content

The module covers the basic theory of heat transfer, condensation, light transmission and sound propagation and the practical application in the design of buildings. There is in addition an introductory examination to "Green" buildings and sustainable energy resources, within the same context.


-360 The Environment (built environment, climate, thermal comfort) "Green" issue and sustainable energy supply Thermal effects in buildings (thermal insulation, insulation values, thermal bridging, structural temperatures) Energy use in buildings (energy use, thermal comfort, heat losses, heat gains, energy balance) Air control in buildings (ventilation, humidity, condensation in buildings, condensation conditions) Properties of lighting (measurement, colour) Artificial lighting (lamps, luminaires, lighting design) Natural lighting (natural light sources, daylight factors, combined lighting) Aspects of sound (measurement of sound levels, attenuation of sound, nature of hearing) Noise and sound insulation (measurement of noise, noise control, noise transfer, sound insulation) Room Acoustics (acoustic principles, reflection, absorption, reverberation)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module within the context of Environmental Science, the student should be able to: 1. Identify thermal insulation materials and demonstrate an understanding of the application of thermal insulation to the building fabric A1,A2,A3,A4,A6,B1,B4,B5,C1,C2,C3,C4,C6,D1,D2,D3,D6,D8,D10,D13,D14 2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the thermal effects in buildings - A1, A2, B1, B2, B4, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D9, D10, D12,D143. Identify the factors that affect surface and interstitial condensation and the likelihood of occurrence on/within building materials. A1,A2,A4,A6,B1,B5,C1,C2,C3,C4,C6,D1,D2,D3,D6,D7,D8,D10,D13,D14. 4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the air control within buildings - A1, A2, B1, B2, B4, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D9, D10, D12,D145. Assess the environmental and personal factors that affect thermal comfort. A2,D3,D6,D7,D8,D13,D14. 6. Describe the various forms of artificial and natural lighting installations. A1,A2,A6,D3,D6,D7,D8. 7. Demonstrate an awareness of the sound insulation standards for dwellings. A1,A2,A3,A4,A6,B4,B5,C1,D2,D3,D6,D7,D8,D13,D14. 8. Identify the factors that promote good acoustics within auditoria and other environments. A1,A2,A6,D3,D6,D7,D8,D13,D14. 9. Demonstrate an understanding of the acoustics associated with the application of surface materials to auditoria. A1,A2,A3,A4,A6,B1,B5,C1,C2,C3,C4,D1,D2,D3,D6,D7,D8,D13,D14. 10. Demonstrate an understanding of the natural environment, "green" issues and sustainable energy provision in and to buildings. A1, A2, B1, B2, B4, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D9, D10, D12,D14Please refer to the Programme Handbook Table 7.4 "Key to learning outcomes" for definition of the alpha-numeric symbols above

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. Lectures and VLE materials provide the main theoretical concepts. Tutorial based learning will complement the lecture and handout material.

Indicative Reading

-359 EnviEnvironmental Science in Building (6th Edition), Randall McMullan, (Pub. Palgrave Macmillan) (*Essential text)

Transferrable Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: -360 Plan, construct and structure a written report. B2,C1,C2,C3,C4,D1,D4,D7,D10,D13,D14. IT Skills.D10,D13. Work as an individual and within a group context - D1 to D14 inclusive Prepare and present orally, a piece of work to a group - D1 to D14 inclusive

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 n/a 65.00 35% Examination
Course Work 01 n/a 35.00 35% Written coursework - 1500 words + Presentation