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Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

H290

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Overview

As the number of current construction and engineering projects continues to grow worldwide, the demand for building services engineers currently outstrips supply.

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), this course provides direct entry to the second year of an ‘honours degree’ programme, an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification. It is primarily designed for part-time students already working in the industry, who wish to build on an existing Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification or equivalent and are seeking to become a professional qualified engineer.

With an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within the construction industry, our course reflects the interdisciplinary and global nature of the construction industry, providing you with an understanding of how professionals need to work together to ensure that modern buildings are constructed economically, efficiently and in a sustainable way. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered (CEng) Building Services Engineer, following appropriate experience and training. Chartered engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering and built environment problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

What our students say...

The course is closely aligned with industry practice and it explores quantity surveying and commercial management issues in a great depth; the staff are chartered Quantity Surveyors and they are keen to support students. These attributes makes the whole learning process interest, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Richard Boateng graduated with a First class honours; currently a Quantity Surveyor at David Wilson Homes - Barratt Development plc

Course information

The course aims to equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge to take on a specialist role managing the design or construction of building services and energy conservation in buildings.

 

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The majority of full-time students begin the course in the first year, which exposes them to the fundamentals of building science, such as thermal, visual and aural comfort, building construction and services, design studies including the use of different design software, construction material and their properties.

Modules

  • Building Practice – Building Services

  • Design Studies (Building)

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

  • Construction Technology and Building Science

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Most part-time, direct entry students, who are already in work, come into the second year of the course. In this year, you will have the opportunity to learn more fundamental topics of building design and the construction process that are essential to practitioners in the construction professions, such as fluid-dynamics, thermodynamics, electrical and fire engineering systems and low energy cooling systems.

Working on your own and in groups, you will have the opportunity to study real-life case studies and projects in which you will recommend appropriate management strategy and use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and protocols to manage the design and evaluation of new and existing buildings. For example, you may consider how to conduct a low-energy retrofit of existing public buildings or undertake life cycle analysis of renewable energy systems for new and existing buildings. Previous students have analysed electrical and lighting design for new and refurbishment projects, designed and modelled heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Modules

  • Mathematics for Building Services Engineering

  • Building Services Systems

  • Fluid-dynamics for Building Services Engineering

  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Analysis

  • Electrical and Fire Engineering Systems

  • Refrigeration Engineering and Low Energy Cooling

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After the second year, if you are not already working within the industry, you have an opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

In the past, students have worked in various building services consulting and contracting companies in the UK.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training

Overview

In the final year, you will also carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.

Previously, students have looked at the implementation of building Information modelling within building services industry, whole life cost modelling, low-energy retrofit, climate change impact assessment, overheating assessment, modelling of buildings and buildings systems etc.

Modules

  • Principles and Practice of Low Carbon Buildings

  • Group Projects

  • Individual Project

  • Building Services in Practice and Context

  • Building Systems Simulation and Evaluation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom in the Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Meets the full academic requirements for Chartered Building Services Engineer registration.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 90% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015.
  • Opportunity to spend up to a year on professional placement with past students working as a junior mechanical and electrical engineers, BREEAM assessors or building modelers, for example.
  • Opportunity to attend exciting industry visits, which in recent years have included a trip to Eco-Build to view innovative building components and systems, as well as building projects in the UK and Europe (additional costs and application may apply).
  • Shared experiences of fellow students in employment and staff, who have professional industrial experience in architectural practice, civil engineering and the construction industry. Members of the course team have worked as senior electrical engineers and senior mechanical engineer in various organisations, including Royal Haskoning DHV, Interserve, Derry Building Services Ltd, Regal Mechanical and Electrical Services Ltd.
  • Outstanding track record of student success – including previous winners and runners-up for the CIBSE President’s Award, CIBSE West Midlands ‘Five Counties Prize’, ‘Sustainability and the Environment’ category in the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Midlands Power Network awards and Graduate of the Year Award from the CIBSE and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
  • Extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Regular programme of guest speakers via our Global Leaders Programme (GLP), which in recent years has included the Group Strategy Director of Jaguar Land Rover, a NASA Astronaut and a Vice President of Telefonica Europe.

  • Building services systems: Introduces you to building services systems for comfort, amenity and agency, together with their integration into both low and high rise buildings. You will have the opportunity to learn to appreciate the independence and co-dependence of systems and their spatial and operational requirements, together with the relative merits of systems of different complexities and operational criteria.

  • Principles and practice of low carbon buildings: Aims to deepen your understanding of the design and operation of low carbon buildings with an emphasis on improving whole life performance. We will consider performance of buildings not only in terms of energy consumption, but also how occupants interact with them. This acknowledges the importance of environmental ethics, embodied energy, bioclimatic design, energy and alternative energy sources and their application, evaluation and management in achieving optimised building performance.

  • Building Services in Practice and Context: We look at the wider issues of building services engineering, such as energy, social, economic, health and safety. We will also look at how building services systems are assessed, audited and maintained, as well as the operation of contracting, sub-contracting and consulting practices and their inter-relationships.

  • Building systems evaluation and simulation: We use computer modelling and simulation to analyse building and renewable energy system performance. Building and system performance prediction is a necessary tool in achieving low impact buildings through the correct assessment of building type, construction method, building services systems and building integrated renewable technologies. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of modelling parameters to achieve good analysis and current industry standard software and modelling programs, such as IES Virtual Environment, REVIT, Green Building Studio and RETSCREEN for Renewable Energy Analysis.

The course can be studied full-time over two years or part-time over three years, starting in September. All modules within the course are mandatory and you have the option to extend your studies by taking a sandwich year on placement or studying abroad.

Teaching incorporates a range of learning methods, from lectures, seminars and tutorials to laboratories, workshops and studio sessions. We also make use of online learning technology to allow you to interact online in discussions and to carry out online tests to assess your progress. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will have access to the latest versions of CAD software, including 2D, 3D and visualisation software, BIM software, and building performance analysis programmes, together with products you may already be familiar with, such as SketchUp. Supported by staff who have had a wide range of design experience in the application of these processes in industry, you will also use portable monitoring equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras, to undertake building performance assessments.

A number of our modules adopt an activity-led learning approach; for example, the group project in the final year is a platform where we practise the delivery of building information modelling and incorporate team work to solve a specific design problem. Many of our academics are research active, managing large research projects funded by the European Union and Engineering, Innovate UK and Physical Science Research Unit, which they bring to the classroom as case study resources for coursework and dissertation projects.

We try to incorporate current practitioner input wherever possible; previous students have had the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers to bridge the gap between theory and practice, design of electrical and mechanical systems as well as contractual issues in construction projects. We also try to organise industry visits, such as a construction site or design office. Previously, students have been given an in-depth tour of the University’s BREEAM excellent buildings both during construction and upon completion.

Achievement of learning outcomes in most taught modules is assessed by a combination of group work, in-class tests, written-reports and presentations. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve 40% or above to pass.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 35%
  • Coursework, tests, portfolio: 20%
  • Group work: 20%
  • Practical or project work: 15%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 10%

20% assessed by coursework, tests, portfolio

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Mathematical methods including those needed for modelling engineering problems and systems.
  • Relevant principles of applied science and engineering in the main areas of building services equipment and systems.
  • Principles of building services engineering design, and material performance, in their application to complex problems requiring multi-disciplinary solutions including maintenance and disposal.
  • Sustainability, economic, social and environmental impact of design decisions and operation of building services systems.
  • Management practice and health and safety considerations in the context of building services engineering projects.
  • Building services engineering design, installation and performance.
  • Building services engineering in the context of realising functioning, occupied, buildings.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving skills in building services engineering applications, including conducting relevant tests and investigations.
  • Develop novel design solutions, in response to building services engineering and environmental/ sustainability challenges.
  • Formulate a range of solutions to satisfy user wants and needs with regards to codes of ethics and codes of practice, intellectual property and contracts.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, tutorials and project work each week;
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week;
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least 75 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least 75 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

There is the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year between the second and final year – either studying or working abroad. This will give you an international perspective to your studies and future career as a building services engineer. In the past, students on this course have worked in Building services consultancies in Australia, Dubai and United State of America. Others have used our links with universities in other countries, such as Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union, to study abroad.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course is closely aligned with industry practice and it explores quantity surveying and commercial management issues in a great depth; the staff are chartered Quantity Surveyors and they are keen to support students. These attributes makes the whole learning process interest, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Richard Boateng graduated with a First class honours; currently a Quantity Surveyor at David Wilson Homes - Barratt Development plc

What our students say...

The course is closely aligned with industry practice and it explores quantity surveying and commercial management issues in a great depth; the staff are chartered Quantity Surveyors and they are keen to support students. These attributes makes the whole learning process interest, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Richard Boateng graduated with a First class honours; currently a Quantity Surveyor at David Wilson Homes - Barratt Development plc

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course is closely aligned with industry practice and it explores quantity surveying and commercial management issues in a great depth; the staff are chartered Quantity Surveyors and they are keen to support students. These attributes makes the whole learning process interest, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Richard Boateng graduated with a First class honours; currently a Quantity Surveyor at David Wilson Homes - Barratt Development plc

Career prospects

Pay and conditions in the construction engineering professions are excellent with a global shortage of experts in sustainable energy systems.

On successful completion of this programme, your skills should be in demand by national and international consultants and contractors and engaged in the design, construction and development of modern, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.

You could go on to work for design consultancies, major building contractors, building services contractors, manufacturers of equipment, local authorities, government departments, hospitals, factories or power stations. You may be involved in the design, installation or maintenance of systems and will be able to make a significant difference to the environment by ensuring that modern buildings are designed, constructed and operated in energy-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally friendly ways.

Where our graduates work

The record of students gaining employment in the construction industry is excellent; over the last three years, all of our graduates have achieved employment before or on completing the course. Previous graduates have gone on to work electrical, mechanical and sustainability engineers within building services design and construction companies in the UK and internationally. 

What our students say...

The course is closely aligned with industry practice and it explores quantity surveying and commercial management issues in a great depth; the staff are chartered Quantity Surveyors and they are keen to support students. These attributes makes the whole learning process interest, enjoyable and worthwhile.

Richard Boateng graduated with a First class honours; currently a Quantity Surveyor at David Wilson Homes - Barratt Development plc
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.