SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K225141
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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 82%. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


-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 apprentice should be able to: 1. Identify and evaluate thermal insulation materials and demonstrate an understanding of the application of thermal insulation to the building fabric. 2. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge and understanding of the thermal effects in buildings.3. Identify the factors that affect surface and interstitial condensation and the likelihood of occurrence on/within building materials. 4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the air control within buildings. 5. Assess the environmental and personal factors that affect thermal comfort. 6. Describe the various forms of artificial and natural lighting installations. 7. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the sound insulation standards for dwellings. 8. Identify the factors that promote good acoustics within auditoria and other environments. 9. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the acoustics associated with the application of surface materials to auditoria. 10. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the natural environment, "green" issues and sustainable energy provision in and to buildings. Please refer to the Programme Handbook for definition of the alpha-numeric symbols below[A1, A2, A6-A8, B4-B6 SDS GA: 1.2,2.2,3.2,4.2 - 4.5]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and space to develop an understanding of the context and principles related to Building Performance. This subject will be delivered by a student led "flipped classroom "core information, and supporting overhead materials will be made available for each lecture electronically in GCU Learn. Seminars/tutorials will concentrate on applying core information in lectures to problem questions given in advance. Students are referred to supporting reading materials to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Concepts delivered in the 'Flipped Classroom' mode will require students to view lecture material online and complete formative exercises prior to engaging and completing an on-campus seminar with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace.

Indicative Reading

-359 Essential Text: McMullan, Randall (2017) Environmental Science in Building (8th Ed) Palgrave Macmillan

Transferrable Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: -360 Plan, construct and structure a written report. Work as an individual and within a group context Prepare and present orally, a piece of work to a group -359 -360 [C1-C3, C5-C7, D1, D3-D6, E1, E3, E5-E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 156.00
Assessment (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 35% Coursework 2 - Individual verbal presentation
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Coursework 1 - Written coursework - 1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 65.00 35% Examination