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This course will provide you with a range of teaching and learning experiences to build on your existing skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly within the field of building services engineering.

With a focus on personal, as well as professional development, our programme will engage you in rethinking building services engineering so that you can develop into an effective agent of change. The design and management processes of building services engineering will be at the centre of what we believe, teach and research. As you progress throughout the programme, you will become a competent and confident individual that can develop your personal and professional skills throughout the building services engineering sector. In future careers, to also be influential in developing practice, provision, and policy, being resilient and self-assured is key here.

Course description

Being knowledgeable of the developmental, well-being and learning the needs of the client will be a common theme on the programme, you will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to meet those needs and discover how you can respond in creative, reflective, and analytical ways to issues relating to building services engineering. Being mindful, of course, of the need to adopt a resourceful and reflective approach. As well as learning about design, practice, and provision within the field of building services engineering at home we want our graduates to be outward looking with an awareness of global issues that relate to the field of building services engineering such as global warming and energy efficiency.

You will become more confident to meet the challenges of a changing society especially within technological advances, competent as researchers in gathering data, and analysing it to evaluate and plan for change. Our graduates are our leaders in building services engineering who can, as professionals, demonstrate a real commitment to the ever- changing environment, managing change and leading others effectively to make a positive impact on the built environment sector.

Upon completion, you will be able to progress onto postgraduate or masters level study. Any further study depends on your degree classification to establish your point of entry. De Montfort University offer a range of postgraduate programmes including an MSc in Energy & Sustainable Building Design, there will be opportunities to discuss progression from your programme with the university’s link tutor.

Modules are timetabled on a semester basis, part time day release. Students will be expected to study two modules in semester 1, from September to January, followed by another two modules in semester 2, from February to June. This pattern of study will be repeated in year 2) with semesters 1 and 2. There are 5 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules depending on which pathway you are on. Mechanical students will study air conditioning & ventilation in buildings and heating of buildings. Electrical students will study electrical principles and alternative energy.

Level 4 Modules

  • Individual project (feasibility study)
  • Mechanical services in buildings
  • Mathematics in the built environment
  • Scientific principles
  • Construction information and technology
  • Optional units
  • Air conditioning and ventilation in buildings
  • Heating of buildings
  • Electrical principles
  • Alternative energy

Level 5 Modules

  • Group project
  • Building management systems
  • Modern methods of building
  • Further mathematics
  • Introduction to BIM
  • Environmental assessment
  • Optional units
  • Thermofluids & acoustics
  • Alternative energy

Level 6 Modules

  • Major project
  • Energy management & building performance
  • Controls
  • Environmental innovation
  • Project management
  • Facilities management
  • Optional units
  • Integrated environmental system CFD
  • Integrated environmental system radiance

What areas will I study?

  • Individual Project (Feasibility Study)

The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete an Individual project to a high standard. This the module will cover: understanding the research of others, literature reviews, research planning, research methods and report writing. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a multi-storey commercial building.

  • Mechanical Services in Buildings

The building services sector covers a wide variety of services this module will look at drainage, fire systems and transportation systems within a non-domestic building To include design systems for sanitation, fire suppression and transport that help buildings work better and safer for occupants, owners and the environment.

  • Mathematics in the Built Environment

Students will also be able to perform the calculations necessary to establish anticipated performance of buildings. Students will be able to employ mathematical methods within a variety of contextualised examples; use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering construction, civil engineering and building services problems; interpret data using statistical techniques and apply calculus techniques.

  • Scientific Principles

This module introduces scientific principles and a basic knowledge of the specialised building services application. The module has been designed to enable student studying Building Services Engineering programmes to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles. Students will examine the fundamental principles of heat transfer, fluid flow, acoustics electrical networks and control systems.

  • Construction Information & Technology

In this module students will develop their awareness of different types of foundations and structures within the construction industry. Students will engage in producing both hand drawings and digital models of foundations for commercial buildings including, reading and editing of construction information, understanding how this information informs different stages of the process, and the value of collaboration in the information process.

  • Air Conditioning and Ventilation in Buildings

Students will be introduced to principles of design for air conditioning and ventilation that are present in buildings and will look at future sustainable low energy innovations. Pre-design briefs, design data, cooling loads, overheating, peak summertime temperatures, commissioning and handover procedures, soft landings, post-occupancy surveys will all be included in this module, allowing students to understand the general principles of air conditioning and ventilation systems for buildings.

  • Heating of Buildings

This module introduces students to the principles of the design and installation of heating systems for non-domestic buildings. Students will understand the principles of the design, sizing and specification of non-domestic heating systems and components

  • Electrical Principles

Students will be introduced to principles of design for electrical power while looking at energy efficiency in the design, with regards to commercial builds. Sustainable low energy innovations within the electrical sector will be examined regarding payback periods and usefulness.

  • Alternative Energy

The different types of energy production being used in the UK to reduce carbon production and remove unsustainable materials from the energy make up will be investigated. The unit will look at Photo Voltaic, Hydro power, Wind Turbines, and include new developments in alternative energy as they are developed in this fast-moving subject.

Level 5

  • Group Project

The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete a Group project to a high standard, with different members of the team taking different roles in the project. Project diaries and proposals will be produced and a final design with costings. Students will develop an understanding to the design skills that will be used in the final design and costings of the non-domestic project. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a non-domestic building.

  • Building Management Systems

Building Management Systems have recently emerged as a crucial part of non-domestic buildings in the management of energy efficiency. With the emergence of new technologies over the last few years buildings can be controlled remotely, but this has also led to security issues. This module will give an insight into how BMS/BEMS can be used to monitor adjust and lower energy requirements. It will also look at the emergence of the home market referred to as smart homes.

  • Modern Methods of Building

On successfully completing this module students will have explored modern alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose, for government targets for housing within the United Kingdom. The module will look at Government Targets for carbon linked to the climate change act and the Sustainable Development Goals which will include sustainable cities & communities. Students will examine the impact the construction industry is having on the environment locally and globally. Domestic and non-domestic buildings will be examined. Alternative construction methods will be used to design a domestic fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.

  • Further Maths

The appreciation of more advanced mathematics is important within the building services engineering industry. This module will increase the learner’s capabilities in terms of trigonometry, algebra, calculus and statistics. Trigonometric functions are examined largely as underpinning knowledge for their application to the understanding of waves. Supplementary techniques include matrices and numerical methods are introduced so students are able to solve linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Students will carry out the application of calculus introducing students to partial differentiation and the solution of differential equations

  • Introduction to BIM

Students will develop an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM) which is a process that begins with the creation of an intelligent 3D model and enables document management, coordination and simulation during the entire lifecycle of a project. Students will create the layout for an air conditioning, ventilation or heating system using software to show the advantages of BIM over traditional drawing methods.

  • Environmental Assessment

The built environment is responsible for a high percentage of the carbon emissions in the world, from extraction to waste, which is responsible for climate change. This module will look at how different environmental assessments have been developed to try and help with the reduction of carbon, both internal and external assessment will be looked at, by using building management systems. 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 and show how BMS can improve the use of energy and reduce cost.

  • Thermofluids & Acoustics

Aim of this module is to introduce thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics which underpin fundamental scientific methods and engineering applications The principles governing the flow of fluids and fluid dynamics are an essential part of an engineer's knowledge base, enabling them to design, solve and maintain a variety of problems that occur throughout engineering such as heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and combustion. An understanding of how to calculate and manage heat transfer will provide students with key knowledge to enable their work on a range of different systems for heating and refrigeration.

  • Alternative Energy

This module will explore modern alternative methods of energy supply to buildings both Commercial and Domestic which are fit for purpose, within the region they are situated. Current energy supplies will be examined and the issues that surround them in the near future. A design for a building using an alternative supply or supplies will be completed by the students at the end of the module.

Level 6

  • Controls

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 performance 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

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 maintenance strategies and review the effectiveness of the strategies.

  • Project Management

The aim of this module is to give learners an understanding of the techniques and practices required for the effective project management in the construction sector. Learners will understand the role of the project manager and gain skills to effectively design and install services for construction projects.

  • Integrated Environmental Services (Mechanical)

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.

  • Integrated Environmental Services (Mechanical)

This module will enable students to understand the role of daylight and natural lighting in the design process of low energy buildings. Case study buildings and site visits will provide students with examples of a wide range of natural ventilation design strategies.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 4 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 4 Academic years -
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- 24 January 2022, Duration: 3 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 3 Academic years -
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- January 2023, Duration: 3 Academic years £4625.00 (Per Academic Year) 3 Academic years -