SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH223558
Module Leader Shahab Farokhi
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electrical Power Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Honours level modules (Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering)

Summary of Content

This module covers the topics of energy audit and asset management in industrial processes. It provides an understanding of the basic concepts and exposure to the relevant international standards in the areas of interests before it focuses the strategies and procedures of carrying out energy audit and asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will examine the techniques for energy audit, managing energy usage, analysis of factors affecting energy efficiency of plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies. In asset management, the module, through case studies, will focus on life cycle management, including commissioning/decommissioning of equipment, techniques available for condition monitoring and statistical tools for remaining life and risk analysis.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas. -360 1. Introduction to asset management standard terms and definitions (i.e. ISO 55001) 2. Risk and reliability analysis of energy assets 3. Maintenance strategies of energy assets and evaluation of performance improvement 4. Commissioning and Maintenance management of power plant equipment 5. Energy consumption, prices, costing and tariffs. 6. The principles of energy audit, the audit process and reporting 7. Economics of energy audit, including energy accounting and analysis carried out to measure effectiveness of changes. 8. Equipment used for monitoring energy use within installations and their effectiveness 9. Overview of energy sources, energy storage, transmission and distribution and the impact upon energy use in systems 10. Government strategies on electricity generation, current and future generation methodologies, and their impact upon energy security 11. Examples of techniques for reducing energy usage in industrial applications

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Understand the concepts in relation to asset management, reliability and condition monitoringhave a detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant standards and code of practice in the areademonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding in practices of commissioning and maintenance in power industryhave a critical understanding of useful reliability approaches and statistics for analysing failure and condition monitoring dataCarry out an energy audit in a range of industrial applicationsUnderstand energy consumption, costing, pricing and tariffs Appreciate the role of energy audit in energy, environmental and sustainability strategiesDevelop effective strategies for lowering energy use and, hence, reduce business/consumer running costsCritically evaluate monitoring tools and assess their usefulness for auditing energy useDemonstrate a comprehension of the effect of government strategies on energy supply mechanisms and their impact on energy use

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been designed based on The university "strategy for learning" documentation. The module will consist of lectures and tutorials, demonstrations, practical laboratory exercises, and case study. The lectures will cover the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus, with the aid of tutorial questions and solutions, while the practical will be mainly computer based simulations and case studies. Opportunities for engaged learning are provided via project-based learning and accessible forms of academic support. Policy of staff access for students, programme and library induction pack and supporting tour, module handbook providing detailed information. Support of a module leader and programme leader, in addition to student representatives - these reflect students' views and concerns at staff-student liaison committee meetings and programme committee meetings. Underpinning support is provided from central university support services including: online study skills facility, student counselling service, LDC, IT support using e-mail and/or on-line resources). Knowledge and skills: the module develops knowledge and skills, and uses tools, techniques and methods which are immediately useful to employers, both in the UK and overseas. Strong emphasis in the module on industrial or research projects with direct industrial input into the module, including the use of visiting lecturers and industrial visits. The module is designed with very strong professional emphasis, informed directly by industrial expertise of staff and industrial liaison committees and professional body requirements as appropriate to enhance the career opportunities of the students in industry and academia. The lecture delivery will be enhanced by a variety of forms including, where appropriate, videos, computer based models and other multimedia forms. On line learning materials to be available electronically, discussion boards will be used to encourage teacher and peer-to-peer dialogue on certain topic areas where this form of communication would be regarded as effective. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate the module on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire. Full time To underpin a range of programme delivery requirements the full-time mode will be available in a conventional distributed delivery (12 weeks with 4hrs contact per week) and/or block delivery. For block delivery the module will be taught in a three week block. During the first short course week the lecture material will be delivered illustrated throughout by industrial case studies. During the two remaining weeks students will undertake tutorials and practical work, and will complete the assessment. The module will be guided by tutors and supported by the managed learning environment. All teaching and learning materials will be available on GCU Learn. Part time Students will attend the first week of the module where materials will be delivered by lectures throughout by industrial case studies. Students will complete the remaining material off campus supported by learning materials and course tutors. The module tutors can be contacted via e-mail, telephone and GCU Learn. All teaching materials and case studies will be available on GCU Learn. Distance learning A study pack will be provided including: a study guide, lecture notes, tutorial notes, case studies and worked examples All material will also be available on GCU Learn. Module tutors can be contacted via e-mail, telephone and GCU Learn. A guest tutor will be used to provide additional case studies.

Indicative Reading

The students will be provided with course notes and directed towards relevant web sites and technical publications. Relevant topics from the following books: Handbook of Energy Audits, , Albert Thumann, Terry Niehus, William J. Younger , 9th Edition, Fairmont Press , 2012 Handbook of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, CRC Press, (2007) ISBN 0849317304 Energy Management Handbook, Sixth Edition, W C Turner & S Doty, Fairmont Press, (2006) ISBN 0-88173-542-6 ISO 55001:2014 International Standards on Asset Management International Standards Organisation Power System Commissioning and Maintenance Practice, Keith Harker, IET, 1997

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application. Critical thinking and problem solving. Critical analysis. Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Numeracy. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Enterprise/Business Skills Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. Presentation skills. Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 126.00
Assessment (FDL) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Practicals (PT) 16.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 8.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 78.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study: Data Analysis and design of asset management system (1500 words)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study: Energy Audit in Industrial Application (1500 words)