BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering (Final Year/Top-up)
On successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering (Top-up) degree by De Montfort University
Globally there is a challenge to reduce energy consumption and protect the natural environment. The building service engineering industry in the UK is at the forefront of technological improvements and new ways of working. The UK Government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change has now been implemented through building regulations to improve energy efficiency and air tightness of buildings. With a commitment to reduce energy in buildings more natural design, such as ventilation and lighting is needed.
This course will account for the changes in the sector by exploring areas such as soft landings and virtual modelling, making the course suitable for building services engineers and design engineers within the industry in either the mechanical or electrical route.
Learning and Teaching
This course is normally delivered part time over two years at our Bournville College campus: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/bournville-college-campus.
A variety of learning and teaching opportunities will be available on your course, approximately 33% of your learning will include lectures, tutorials and class room based or virtual learning. Studying can include individual and group working.
Higher education courses also require students to undertake independent study and so approximately 67% of your studies will be through independent learning, research, reading and completing assessments.
93% of assessments are coursework based, 7% are in person which may be a presentation, and there are no exams. Assessments are designed to reflect the building services engineering sector and could be a live project, a case study, report or specific sector-based documentation such as plans or project.
Units to be studied
The course aims to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the building services engineering sector through the study of seven modules, with a total credit value of 120 credits at Level 6.
Five core units:
- Building Control Systems for Building Services Engineering
- Facilities Management
- Project Management in Building Services Engineering
- Environmental Innovation in Building Services Engineering
- Major Project
In addition to the core units there are two optional units to be studied which have been selected to meet the requirements of either building services electrical or building services mechanical routes.
- Introduction to Building Simulation (Radiance Electrical)
- Installation and Commissioning Electrical Services
- Introduction to Building Simulation (CFD Mechanical)
- Installation and Commissioning Mechanical Services
The overall qualification will be graded using undergraduate degree classifications: First class, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd class, honours or a BSc without honours.
What areas will I study?
You will study for 120 credits at Level 6 on this course, each unit has a credit value of 15 or 30 credits.
The units to be studied are:
Building Control Systems for Building Services Engineering (15 credits): This module will enable students to have a systematic understanding of the design ideas within the building services engineering sector regarding controls for commercial and domestic buildings. Control system fundamentals will be explored and examined to evaluate perfomance and cost. Building Automation and control systems (BACS) will be explored for a given building scenario. Students will examine open and closed loop control system, remote control and local control.
Facilities Management (15 credits): This module enables students to develop and manage a facilities management portfolio which supports an estates management strategy. It also enables students to develop and evaluate appropriate premises fabric and building services maintenance strategies and review the effectiveness of the strategies.
Students will explore the sustainable facilities framework that promotes a safe environment and a sustainable emphasis on properties. The students will gain an understanding that best practice maintenance management strategies, in relation to building services with a particular emphasis on sustainable best-fit technologies such as BMS and incorporating BIM. In addition, students will produce a maintenance programme and plan examining the different types of maintenance strategies.
Project Management in Building Services Engineering (15 credits): The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the techniques and practices required for the effective project management of building services in the construction sector. Students will review the role of the project manager and gain skills to effectively design and install services for construction projects.
Students will explore the constraints placed on building services engineers on large complex construction projects. Explore the issues surrounding time, cost, quality and the shortage of labour currently experienced on most projects. They will devise project plans and provide solutions to given problems and effectively monitor the effectiveness of the project plan. In addition, understand the need for sustainable practices and the consideration for the wider environment and the impact of the project on natural resources.
Environmental Innovation in Building Services Engineering (15 credits): The module will enable students to have an understanding of innovative design ideas within the building service engineering sector regarding environmental issues and the preservation of the natural environment. Students will look at new materials being tried, new methods of building management systems to improve control both commercially and domestically. Students will examine innovative sustainable construction solutions to holistic building performance expectations. The module will also explore best practices involving management processes, tools and techniques that can be applied to offer best solutions to environmental challenges. Including whole-life cost techniques, life cycle assessments, low carbon design, energy efficiency.
Major Project (30 credits): The major project will provide the students with the tools to produce a project proposal related to the sector specific specialism of building services engineering. The Major Project should be a topic that student’s are interested in and which will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong professional development. The Major Project will assess student’s ability to apply their knowledge of the sector, utilising appropriate analytical skills and experience gained from previous study. Student’s must investigate a building services related topic solving complex and interrelated problems.
The Major Project for students must adress innovation, sustainability, contracts, health, welfare and safety, and their coordination and integration into a real building services scenario. This will provide an opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigatory research of some aspect of professional practice within the Building Services Sector. The project must relate to the student’s work, organisation, and field of study or the learner’s professional association.
Introduction to Building Simulation (Radiance Electrical) (15 credits): This module will enable students to understand the role of daylight in the design process of low energy buildings. Case study buildings and site visits will provide students with examples of a wide range of lighting design strategies. A basic understanding of the design principles for solar control and daylighting will be provided. This module will enable students to carry out simulation-based studies to predict solar control and daylighting quantities.
Install and Commission Electrical Services (15 credits): The module enables students to understand the transformation from a mechanical services design to a functioning installation, and gain skills to plan and execute the installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical services. Students will explore production and project management techniques and consider how these can be used to plan, manage, and optimise the installation of electrical services and the associated operational issues. Students will also develop the skills to define the procedures for commissioning and maintenance, and the development of the relevant documentation for these activities. Students will consider the operational performance of the electrical services installation and investigate the use of strategies to promote energy efficiency.
Introduction to Building Simulation (CFD Mechanical) (15 credits): This module will enable students to understand the role of airflow modelling in the design process of low energy buildings. It will provide students with an understanding of the physical principles which govern natural ventilation airflows, which form the basis of the modelling methods commonly used in design practice. Case study buildings and site visits will provide students with examples of a wide range of natural ventilation design strategies.
The influence of key design features such as space geometry and heat gains on the performance of any strategy will be studied. A range of airflow modelling techniques in the module. Selection of a suitable modelling technique to solve a specific design problem will be examined. The module will enable students to evaluate computer simulation results.
Installation and Commissioning Mechanical Services (15 credits): The module enables students to understand the transformation from a mechanical services design to a functioning installation, and gain skills to plan and execute the installation, commissioning and maintenance of mechanical services. The students will explore production and project management techniques and consider how these can be used to plan, manage, and optimise the installation of mechanical services and the associated operational issues. Students will also develop the skills to define the procedures for commissioning and maintenance, and the development of the relevant documentation for these activities. Students will consider the operational performance of the mechanical services installation and investigate the use of strategies to promote energy efficiency.