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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE3815 Building Physics 2: Services Design

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr. Dongmin Yang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16


CIVE2815Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles

Module replaces

CIVE3810 - Building Services Engineering II

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module will contribute to student's ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements, including:

Understanding the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project; developing a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.

The module will develop an understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment, and the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale, including the precepts of sustainable design;

The module module will contribute to an understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design, demonstrating understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.

The module will demonstrate adequate knowledge of physical problems and technologies and the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate.

The module will demonstrate knowledge of the principles associated with designing optimum thermal environments; systems for environmental comforth realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design; strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project.

Learning outcomes
- An understanding of thermal comfort in buildings;
- An appreciation of basic ventilation, heating and cooling systems in buildings;
- Understanding the basis of CHP & BEM systems;
- An understanding of cold water distribution systems in multi-storey buildings and sanitation/draining systems.


Mechanical Services: Thermal comfort, basic heating systems, natural & mechanical ventilation, air handling plant, air conditioning, refrigeration, heat distribution methods.

Energy: combined heat & power (CHP), building energy management (BEM), renewables.

Water supply, drainage & sanitation: dynamic thermal performance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Revision Class12.002.00
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading - 10 hours
Coursework - 20 hours
Reflection on lectures - 20 hours
Revision - 25 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Examinations and lab reports

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalLab report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Resit 100% exam

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Resit 100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/12/2015


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