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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 13/07/2022 22:26:04

Title of Module: Energy Systems Analysis and Design

Code: ENGG10084 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Mojtaba  Mirzaeian

Summary of Module

This module deals with important aspects of the design and analysis of energy systems including:

  • The fundamentals and the up-to-date technologies associated mainly with Biomass and Energy storage systems and also renewable energy such as wind, solar, bioenergy, and hydro energy are discussed.
  • An overview of the storage systems that are popularly linked to the renewable energy resources is covered. The limits of available technologies and the potential of new and emerging technologies are discussed. 
  • Different applications and case studies including diverse geographical and economic situations and discussion regarding common technical and non-technical barriers and issues limiting the widespread use and dissemination of renewable energy will also be covered and investigated, and strength and weakness of each case will be clarified. 
  • Radiation discusses reflection, absorption and transmission of surfaces before moving on to emission, blackbody radiation, Stefan-Boltzmann law; radiation properties of surface, view-factor concept and the calculation of view factors from formulae, charts and cross-string method, radiation shields, then moving to radiation through absorbing media for boiler and furnace design.
  • Heat transfer properties of solids and solution to their transient heat transfer problems using graphical representation of temperature distribution in solids with two and three dimensions are discussed.
  • Unsteady-state heat transfer and its applications in areas such as the food processing industry are discussed with example operations such as thermal processing and freezing.
  • The use of the software and design calculations are also practiced as the practical element of the module.


  • This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes ( ) to make those who complete this module: Universal (Critical Thinker, Ethically-minded, Research-minded); Work Ready (Problem-Solver, Effective Communicator, Ambitious); Successful (Autonomous ,Resilient, Driven).

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Outline the fundamentals associated with the renewable energy resources and the storage systems linked to them.

L2. Critically evaluate renewable energy technologies and compare them to each other in term of capacity, durability and cost, and their limits and also the potential of new and emerging technologies considering the technical and non-technical barriers that limit the wide spread of renewable energy.

L3. Develop comprehensive understanding of more complex aspects of energy balance and heat transfer.

L4. Demonstrate the ability to select appropriate equipment for heat transfer and to carry out equipment sizing calculation for both steady state and unsteady state heat transfer processes.

L5. Develop a critical awareness of the transfer properties of materials and the interaction between heat, temperature and the properties of material being processed and its transformation to end product in terms of their functionality especially in the food industry.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

• Develop a critical understanding of renewable energy in the global context, its principles and concepts and the benefits and challenges facing renewable energy.
• Critical understanding of the inherent challenges faced by environmental issues.
• Develop a deep understanding of issues related to heat transfer and energy use in chemical and process plants.
• Master practical techniques for the design of more complex thermal systems and the sizing of heat transfer equipment in such systems.
• Understand the commercial, economic and social context of the processes and technologies.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

• Carry out detailed calculation for the design of thermal systems.
• Develop critical understanding of the use of design software to size heat transfer equipment and apply this to practical situations.
• Developing leadership awareness on the environmental related issues.
• Practice the use-case utilisation of digital technologies in a predefined context and library resources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

• Demonstrate the ability to gather information from different sources and in different formats and to use the information to make sound judgement about the design, operation and monitoring of thermal systems.
• Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of, or informed by, developments at the forefront of renewable energy.
• Identify, conceptualise, and define new and abstract problems and issues related to renewable energy.
• Critically review, consolidate, and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in renewable energy.
• Understand complex issues regarding renewable energy and storage systems and relate these issues to environmental protection.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

• Gather relevant information from different sources and in different formats.
• Appropriate use of software (e.g. Excel, Mathcad, Polymath) to analyse and specify equipment details.
• Appropriate use of ICT in support of research objectives (e.g. data collection and analysis of renewable energy project) and also for written and oral presentation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

• Work effectively and cooperatively with others in practical sessions.
• Adopt an inclusive approach to engineering practice, recognising the responsibilities, benefits, and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.
• Identify and address individual learning needs in the subject area associated with the module.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introduction to Thermo-Fluids
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module covers a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical areas, which require a range of knowledge and skills at a more advanced level to be displayed and exercised. Delivery of its syllabus content therefore involves a diversity of teaching and assessment methods suitable to the learning outcomes of the module; these include formal lectures, structured tutorials (work closely integrated with the lecture material), practical exercises in calculation and modelling linked to experimental analysis of equipment performance, latest research and development in renewable energy, completion and submission of written coursework making use of appropriate forms of IT and VLE, and independent study.
Hours for the exam and class tests are included in lecture/core content delivery.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery30
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Practice Based Learning6
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

F N Incropera, D P DeWitt, T. L. Bergman and A. S. Lavine, Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, 6th Edition, Wiley, 2007.

R Paul Singh and D R Heldman, Introduction to Food Engineering, 5th Edition, Academic Press, 2013.

CJ Schaschke, Food Processing, 2nd Edition, BookBoon, 2018.

Aldo Vieira da Rosa (2013) Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes. Oxford Academic.

Stefan Emeis (2013) Wind Energy Meteorology: Atmospheric Physics for Wind Power Generation. Berlin; New York: Springer.

Wanger, Herman-Josef and J Mathur (2011) Introduction to Hydro Energy Systems: Basics, Technology and Operation. Berlin; Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
External ExaminerR Ocone
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Programmes accredited by IChemE and IMechE.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment for the module includes both formative and summative assessment.
Formative assessment is provided during lectures in the form of class exercise problems, during tutorial sessions, and as part of the preparation for written submissions.
Summative assessment includes written assessment elements and a final exam.

(a) final written exam worth 70% of the final mark,
(b) continuous assessments consist of written assignment worth 30% of the final mark. The continuous assessment component in this module will consist of the following elements: i) Project on renewable energy and energy storage systems (includes report and MS Power Point presentation) 15% of the final mark. ii) Submission of written assignment with calculations worth 15% of the final mark. Further details, and the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature, will be provided within the Module Information Pack.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck mark check markcheck markcheck mark703

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Design/ Diagram/ Drawing/ Photograph/ Sketch  check mark check mark150
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work check mark   150
Combined Total For All Components100% 3 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with the appropriate prerequisites; however it should be noted that in order for the student to complete this module the practical element of coursework would require to be undertaken. Special support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if special support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the computing laboratory is not compromised. Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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