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This course is ideal for those who are already working in, or training for, a technician role in the areas of heating, BIM, ventilation and air conditioning. The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the building services sector and you will explore analytical methods, management principles and building services science in depth. You will also gain a thorough understanding of design processes, principles and concepts.

Course description

The programme enables learners to build up a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of building services science and technology, which will complement the training that the students have received as technicians within their own companies.

You will develop skills of analysis, synthesis, decision making and the ability to apply fundamental principles to the solution of problems likely to be encountered by the practising technician engineer, within the industry. You will also be able to use computing methods and new technologies with confidence over a range of building services applications and hence respond quickly, effectively and efficiently in a constantly changing technological environment.

What areas will I study?

Key units covered include:

HVAC Pathway:

Group Project (30 credits) Through this collaborative project-based unit, students will explore how to define roles within a collaborative team, recognising the skills (and ‘skills gaps’) of each member of the group. Together students will work to develop a construction project; based on their research and analysis, in response to the Pearson-set ‘theme’.

Further Mathematics for Construction(15 credits) On successful completion of this unit students will be able to use applications of number theory in practical construction situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to construction applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of construction systems using ordinary differential equations. As a result, they will develop skills such as communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence.

Advanced Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design & Installation(15 credits) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to understand a broad application of technologies and design techniques used to satisfy the requirements within large commercial or complex/multi-zone buildings.

Building Management System (15 credits) On successful completion the students will be conversant with current and emerging Building Management System technologies, will have developed the tools to evaluate the benefit of a Building Management System and apply their theoretical knowledge to a real-life installation.

Alternative Methods of Constructing (15 credits) On successful completion of this unit students will have examined how the construction industry impacts on the environment; explored alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose; government policy implications and Health & Safety constraints associated with alternative construction methods; and designed a fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.

Environmental Assessment & Monitoring (15 credits) On successful completion of this unit students will be able to undertake an environmental assessment of a building and compare its performance against other similar buildings. Students will understand the types of environmental impact that a building can have and how this affects the environment over time. They will evaluate the different environmental assessment methods that exist, and understand the motivations, methods and differences between them.

Thermofluids and Acoustics (15 credits) The study of thermofluids is critical to the design, specification and operation of building services engineering systems. Through this unit students will explore the key features of thermofluids; heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and combustion, their calculation and application.

Electrical pathway:

Is the same as above with the addition of the following unit:

Advanced Electrical Design & Installation (15 credits) On successful completion of this unit students will be in a position to be able to assist senior colleagues with electrical systems design and installation. In addition, students will have the advanced knowledge and skills to progress on to a higher level of study.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- January 2022, Duration: 1 Academic years £3100.00 (Per Academic Year) Exam Fee:£280 1 Academic years -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: D147
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