Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Thermodynamic Systems

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC10721
Module leader: Viviani Onishi
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics

Energy systems design knowledge equivalent to SCQF level 9, or foundational understanding of thermodynamics

Description of module content:

Steam Turbines: Thermodynamic analysis of steam turbine cycles; Combined heat and power production; Carbon capture and storage. Combustion: Analysis of combustion processes and products; Fuels and environmental impacts. Internal Combustion Engines: Engines types and applications; Thermodynamic analysis of engine cycles. Gas Turbines: Types and components; Thermodynamic analysis of gas turbine cycles. Refrigeration Cycles and Heat Pumps: Refrigerants and environmental impacts; Thermodynamic analysis of refrigeration/heat pumps cycles; Heat pumps design, operation and applications. Pumps: Pumping systems design, operation and performance.
The module will introduce conventional as well as more modern, energy efficient practice. The three 'e's –economy, energy and environmental impacts– of energy generation and energy use technologies shall be addressed throughout.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop first and second law thermodynamic analysis of advanced energy systems;
LO2: Analyse combustion processes, applications, and their environmental impacts;
LO3: Critically reflect on the energy use and environmental impacts of advanced thermodynamic systems;
LO4: Appraise the performance of steam and gas turbines, and cogeneration systems;
LO5: Evaluate the performance, operation and applications of refrigeration cycles and heat pumps;
LO6: Accurately assess the performance of pumps and pumping systems.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CHINA
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Viviani Onishi
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures and tutorials covering the above module contents will be of a participative nature, followed by case studies, and supplemented with activities to enhance the students’ independent learner skills. Tutorial and/or topical research activities will be set on a weekly basis. The module leader, as an active research staff member, will present research projects as case studies throughout the module. Guest lectures by industry or local government personnel will be organised to further boost the students’ understanding of module contents. All lectures and tutorials materials will be hosted on Moodle.
The nature of the delivery of the various components of this module will provide scope for engaging students in the module contents in ways which can be varied to accommodate a wide range of needs. Particular attention will be given to students with specific special needs, on an individual basis, to ensure that they receive an equivalent experience. Lectures and tutorials examples and case studies will also be used to support equality, diversity and internationalisation.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will consist of in-class discussions and problem solving, and clicker questions, low-stakes group work, weekly quizzes, or online discussion forums. Through this set of formative assessment practices, the students will be actively involved in the learning process, and have greater awareness of their performance and improvement and reflection opportunities. Following this approach will improve class attendance and engagement, stimulate the search for additional support resources and help, and provide the students with the necessary knowledge to confidently undertake the summative assessments (coursework and final exam).

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will be comprised by a coursework and a final exam. The coursework will account for 40% of the total marks and will cover LO1, LO3 and LO4 or LO5. This summative assessment will require knowledge acquired during the course and from the formative assessments to complete a 2,500-word report based on a real-world engineering issue. The students will perform a thorough energy audit and carbon footprint analysis, and will be required to critically discuss their findings as well as energy and environmental impact-related aspects. The final exam, encompassing LO1 to LO6, will be closed book, and account for 60% of the total marks.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 119
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 30
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,3, and 4 or 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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