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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module ENGI44W10: Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling

Department: Engineering

ENGI44W10: Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24
Tied to H1KC24


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This module is designed solely for students studying on the Master of Energy Systems Management.
  • To provide an overview and describe the characteristics of heating and cooling systems that are not based on carbon technologies.


  • Zero carbon heating systems; concepts, design, operation
  • Zero carbon cooling systems; concepts, design, operation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of the benefits and limitations of technologies currently used or being developed for heating and cooling in domestic and industrial contexts.
  • Ability to design zero carbon systems to meet a specific user requirement.
  • Understand the legislative context of zero carbon technology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An understanding of current technology and analysis methods relation to zero carbon heating and cooling systems.
  • An understanding of the technical performance of heating and cooling systems
  • 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.
  • Specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer.
  • 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 module content is delivered in lectures.
  • Students can make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff. These are sign up sessions which will be available to the students.
  • Assessment is via an individual technical problem solving exercise.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Typically block taught over two weeks for full time students 1 hour 20
Tutorial hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 hour 5
Preparation and reading 75
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment: technical problem-solving exercise Equivalent to 2 hour examination effort 100%

Formative Assessment:

Online problem sheet

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