SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH223840
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)

Summary of Content

This module focuses on techniques for auditing and managing the amount of energy used in a range of industrial processes. The module will provide an understanding of the strategies and procedures of energy audit and energy asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will present energy audit, managing energy usage, factors affecting energy efficiency on plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies. It will also address the efficient use of other commodities, for example water consumption.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas. Energy consumption, prices, costing and tariffs. Overview of energy sources, energy storage, transmission and distribution and the impact upon energy use in systems Equipment used for monitoring energy use within installations and their effectiveness The principles of energy audit, the audit process and reporting Economics of energy audit, including energy accounting and analysis carried out to measure effectiveness of changes. Maintenance strategies and their impact upon energy efficiency and energy use in a range of facilities The role of energy audit in developing energy conservation and sustainability strategies Examples of techniques for reducing energy usage in industrial applications Government strategies on electricity generation, current and future generation methodologies, and their impact upon energy security Assessment techniques applied to energy use and their impact on equipment replacement refurbishment planning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:(a) Understand how to carry out an energy audit in a range of industrial applications(b) Understand energy consumption, costing, pricing and tariffs (c) Appreciate the role of energy audit in energy, environmental and sustainability strategies(d) Develop effective strategies for lowering energy use and, hence, reduce business/consumer running costs(e) Critically evaluate monitoring tools and assess their usefulness for auditing energy use(f) Demonstrate a comprehension of the effect of government strategies on energy supply mechanisms and their impact on energy use

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Full time This 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, A Thumann & W J Younger, CRC Press (2007) ISBN 0-88173-577-9 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

Transferrable Skills

Development of higher level cognitive skills through analysing and synthesising data and knowledge. Development of higher level communicative skills through preparation of reports.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FDL) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 78.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 102.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Tutorials (FDL) 8.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Practicals (PT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 16.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 8.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Practicals (FDL) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study: Energy Audit in Industrial Application
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study: Developing strategy to reduce energy consumption