Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K609


  • None


  • As specified in programme regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations


  • To introduce the fundamental concepts, and the range of techniques, used for electromechanical energy and power conversion in industrial applications.
  • To introduce the foundations of power electronics control in modern industrial applications
  • To understand the issues regarding renewables resource integration in modern energy networks
  • To introduce UK energy policy with regards to renewable energy.
  • To encourage to consider the new and renewable energy industries for their future career.
  • To develop practical problem solving abilities in the context of a significant team project.
  • To enhance practical engineering skills.


  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • Electrical Networks and Renewables Integration
  • Practical Course

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To understand the different conversion technologies needed for a variety of conventional and new energy sources;
  • To be able to calculate the power output of these sources;
  • To understand the issues regarding renewable energy resource integration ;
  • To be able to make a critical appraisal between the technological efficacy and commercial feasibility of different energy sources.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data;
  • To specify, plan, manage, conduct and report on an engineering project;
  • To apply engineering knowledge to the solution of complex problems in an engineering context.
  • To demonstrate an awareness of practical engineering skills;
  • Preparation and delivery of technical report;
  • An understanding of Risk assessment and COSHH;
  • To be proficient in the safe use of standard engineering equipment.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical and mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer;
  • General problem solving skills that can be applied in a novel context;
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Team working;
  • Time and resource management.

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

  • The courses in Electrical Machines and Drives as well as Energy Networks and Renewables Integration will be delivered by weekly 1-hour lectures and are reinforced through problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving and numerical/mathematical skills capability. Assessment is through written examination which enables students to demonstrate subject knowledge and an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • Electrical labs are run throughout two terms and students will take three labs (9 hours).
  • Students are able to make use of staff Office 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.
  • A two-week practical course which may be based in the School of Engineering or in industry according to the selected option. Students are faced with new and complex problems which provide the opportunity for them to enhance their problem solving skills in a team environment with a particular emphasis on industrial relevance. Assessment is by written report and/or oral presentation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 42 Typically 1 per week 1 hour 42
Laboratories 3 3 hours 9
Practical Course 1 1 in term 3 2 weeks full time 30
Office Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 hour 8
Preparation, reading and self study 111
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100% none
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework 100% No

Formative Assessment:

Problem Sheets for lecture courses. Laboratories.

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