Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Engineering


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K609


  • As specified in programme regulations


  • As specified in programme regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To introduce and familiarise students with technologies for the thermal utilisation of renewable energy for heat and power production.
  • To understand technologies for low carbon transportation including alternative drive-trains and fuels.
  • To understand optimisation and the tools and techniques that can be used to improve engineering systems.


  • Renewable energy resources: (e.g. solar, thermal, biomass, hydrogen and waste).
  • Low carbon vehicle drive-trains.
  • Vehicle energy consumption, emissions and alternative fuels.
  • Optimisation theory and techniques.

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.
  • A knowledge and understanding of optimisation theory and techniques.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practices along with the ability to apply those methods in novel situations.
  • To use effectively specialised, advanced computational tools and packages for the analysis of low carbon technologies.
  • 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 Technologies module is covered in lectures, and reinforced by problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability. Assessment is by written examination.
  • 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 42 Typically 1 per week 1 Hour 42
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 Hour 8
Preparation and Reading 150
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 50%
Written Examination 2 hours 50%

Formative Assessment:

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