Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K609


  • None


  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module is designed solely for students studying School of Engineering and Computing Science degree programmes.
  • To introduce and familiarise students with technologies for the thermal ultilisation of renewable energy for heat and power production.
  • To understand technologies for low carbon transportation including alternative drive-trains and fuels.


  • Solar, thermal, biomass, hydrogen and waste energy resources
  • Low carbon vehicle drive-trains
  • Vehicle energy consumption, emissions and alternative fuels

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge and understanding of different types of thermal extraction of New and Renewable Energy
  • An understanding of the engineering of low carbon vehicles
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practises along with the ability to apply those methods in novel situations.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced technical and professional skills, an ability to perform critical assessment and review and an ability to communicate the results of their own work effectively.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Highly specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • Highly specialised use of information technology (IT) relevant to the engineering profession.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The Low Carbon and Thermal Technologies course is covered in lectures, and reinforced by problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability. Assessment is by written examination and coursework.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one-to-one basis. These are sign up sessions available for up to one hour per week per lecture course.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures - Low Carbon and Thermal Technologies 20 typically 1 per week 1 hour 20
Low Carbon Vehicles Assignment 1 1 per module 20 hours 20
Tutorials As required Weekly sign-up sheets up to 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 102
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination, May/June 2 hours 100%
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Low Carbon Vehicles Assignment 100%

Formative Assessment:

Self-assessed problem sheets.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University