As the number of current construction and engineering projects continues to grow worldwide, the demand for building services engineers currently outstrips supply.
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), this course provides direct entry to the second year of an âhonours degreeâ programme, an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification. It is primarily designed for part-time students already working in the industry, who wish to build on an existing Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification or equivalent and are seeking to become a professional qualified engineer.
With an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within the construction industry, our course reflects the interdisciplinary and global nature of the construction industry, providing you with an understanding of how professionals need to work together to ensure that modern buildings are constructed economically, efficiently and in a sustainable way.
The majority of full-time students begin the course in the first year, which exposes them to the fundamentals of building science, such as thermal, visual and aural comfort, building construction and services, design studies including the use of different design software, construction material and their properties.
Most part-time, direct entry students, who are already in work, come into the second year of the course. In this year, you will have the opportunity to learn more fundamental topics of building design and the construction process that are essential to practitioners in the construction professions, such as fluid-dynamics, thermodynamics, electrical and fire engineering systems and low energy cooling systems.
Working on your own and in groups, you will have the opportunity to study real-life case studies and projects in which you will recommend appropriate management strategy and use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and protocols to manage the design and evaluation of new and existing buildings. For example, you may consider how to conduct a low-energy retrofit of existing public buildings or undertake life cycle analysis of renewable energy systems for new and existing buildings. Previous students have analysed electrical and lighting design for new and refurbishment projects, designed and modelled heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
**Optional Placement Year**
After the second year, if you are not already working within the industry, you have an opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement or studying abroad.
In the past, students have worked in various building services consulting and contracting companies in the UK.
In the final year, you will also carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.
Previously, students have looked at the implementation of building Information modelling within building services industry, whole life cost modelling, low-energy retrofit, climate change impact assessment, overheating assessment, modelling of buildings and buildings systems etc.
* **Building services systems**:
Introduces you to building services systems for comfort, amenity and agency, together with their integration into both low and high rise buildings. You will have the opportunity to learn to appreciate the independence and co-dependence of systems and their spatial and operational requirements, together with the relative merits of systems of different complexities and operational criteria.
* **Principles and practice of low carbon buildings:**
Aims to deepen your understanding of the design and operation of low carbon buildings with an emphasis on improving whole life performance. We will consider performance of buildings not only in terms of energy consumption, but also how occupants interact with them. This acknowledges the importance of environmental ethics, embodied energy, bioclimatic design, energy and alternative energy sources and their application, evaluation and management in achieving optimised building performance.
* **Building Services in Practice and Context:**
We look at the wider issues of building services engineering, such as energy, social, economic, health and safety. We will also look at how building services systems are assessed, audited and maintained, as well as the operation of contracting, sub-contracting and consulting practices and their inter-relationships.
* **Building systems evaluation and simulation:**
We use computer modelling and simulation to analyse building and renewable energy system performance. Building and system performance prediction is a necessary tool in achieving low impact buildings through the correct assessment of building type, construction method, building services systems and building integrated renewable technologies. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of modelling parameters to achieve good analysis and current industry standard software and modelling programs, such as IES Virtual Environment, REVIT, Green Building Studio and RETSCREEN for Renewable Energy Analysis.
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