SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K224611
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction Technology

Summary of Content

The main aims of the module are to: Provide experience in the evaluation of building internal environment and the effect of building services design solutions. Introduce the principles and expose students to the practice of engineering services design for buildings. Develop understanding of current and emerging industry approaches to improve building performance against the criteria of comfort, productivity and energy efficiency.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Services: Heat transfer; steam and air; ventilation and air conditioning systems; fire dampers; mechanical and electrical services; design and provision of artificial lighting; potable water supplies; waste water drainage; ventilation systems-ducts, fans, filters, attenuators, fire dampers; manual and computational design of equipment services in buildings. Energy: Thermal comfort within buildings; assessment of energy use in buildings; availability and use of solar energy. Refrigeration and Air conditioning: Refrigeration and air conditioning systems including summer/winter operational cycles and the operation of heat pumps.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Analyse factors influencing the internal environment of buildings [A1, A2, A6]2. Apply methods for heating and cooling load calculations of buildings [A1, A2, A6]3. Demonstrate an understanding of solar energy use in buildings [A1,B3]4. Select and design of ventilating and air conditioning systems [A2, A6, B1]5. Use different techniques employed in the design of engineering services for buildings [A1, C2, and C3]6. Interpret services drawings [B2, B4, C2, and C3]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures provide the basic theoretical concepts of building performance and services. They will be complemented by structured tutorials where videos and digital photographs will be used to show examples of site practice. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Smith B.J., Philips G.M., Sweeney M., 1983. Environmental science. Longman Technician Series. Longman Publisher. Fred (1994), 'Building Services and Equipment 3rd Edition Vol 1, Pearson Higher Education Longman Hall, Frederick (2001), 'Building Services Handbook', Butterworth Heinemann

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: knowledge, understanding and application of various building performance and services, knowledge of solar energy utilization in buildings, effective functioning of refrigeration and air conditioning systems in buildings. Reports provide: Literacy skills and evaluation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Unseen written examination - Mid Term Test, 1.5 hrs
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Exam - Unseen written examination 2 hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Quiz is formative assesment. Problem solving exerciselinked with submission of report (1500 words) on energy efficient buildings.