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K14MEP Modelling Environmental Performance
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Only available to MSc students registered in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Registration on a graduate course in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module introduces analysis tools that may be used to explore the environmental behaviour of buildings and develops students' ability to apply these to understanding therelationship between building design and building performance. The underlying principles upon which the design tools are based are explained and approaches for identifying appropriate design strategies and performance targets reviewed.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Students are expected to undertake 70 hours of private study and project work

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 4000 word report 

Dr J Zhu

Education Aims:  To study the techniques for assessing the interactions of glazing, thermal envelope design, ventilation and environment dynamic performance of occupied buildings. Through optimisation and other procedures, integrated design solutions are explored that seek to reduce energy use whilst achieving acceptable environmental performance.

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding
understanding of how environmental design targets are set and knowledge of the process for attaining these
knowledge of the theories that underpin experimental and software based strategies for testing building design
understanding of the relationship between building design and the effective operation of passive environmental systems this embodies.

Intellectual Skills
ability to apply judgement and reasoning to simplifying real systems so that they may be explored using experiment or simulation
ability to critically evaluate experimental and simulation data and drawing of inferences based upon this
ability to estimate the expected behaviour of a system so that this may be used to gauge the accuracy of data derived from experiment or simulation

Professional practical skills
Ability to used simulation tools to represent a system, generate results and interpret these to offer insight as to how the system performs
Ability to use the results from simulation to make design changes that either improve comfort of occupants and reduce energy demand for a building

Transferable/key skills
Written communication
Problem solving
Critical thinking
Information technology literacy
Time management
Collaboration with co-disciplines within Built Environment

Offering School:  Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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