Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap
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 gain an understanding of the engineering of nuclear power stations including reactor choice and thermodynamic plant.
  • To introduce the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of turbomachines.


  • Nuclear Engineering (Thermodynamics), turbomachinery.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering concepts, principles, theories and mathematics relevant to thermodynamics and turbomachinery.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data.
  • To apply engineering principles to the solution of a specific, complex problem.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • General problem solving skills that can be applied in a novel context.
  • Capacity for self-learning in familar and unfamiliar situations.

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

  • The courses in Nuclear Engineering (Thermodynamics) and turbomachinery are covered in lectures, and are reinforced by seminars and by problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability.
  • Assessment is through written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse and solve new problems and coursework to introduce design aspects of turbine technology.
  • 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.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Nuclear Engineering Lectures 15 typically 1 per week 1 hour 15
Turbomachinery Lectures 15 typically 1 per week 1 hour 15
Revision Seminar 2 2 in term 2 1 hour 2
Turbomachinery Project 1 1 per module 20 hours 20
Tutorial Hours as required weekly sign-up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Practicals 1 1 per module 3 hours 3
Preparation and Reading 87
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery 1.5 hours 100%
Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Turbomachinery Project 100%

Formative Assessment:

Problem sheets for lecture courses. Practical experiment and report.

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