Full Title:Building Services 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BDLU E8001
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the principle of building services from a scientific and technical perspective.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the scientific principles of heating, lighting, electrics, sound and acoustics related to Building Services
  2. Identify and explain the application of heating, electrical ,lighting, acoustical, hot and cold water services, and drainage from a practical and sustainable perspective
  3. Carry out experimental procedures on heating, lighting, acoustics and electrical building services to complement and reinforce the theory

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles of Heat and Heating Systems
Traditional energy sources; principles of heat conduction, convection and radiation; thermal comfort; heat gains and loss; thermal transmittance, conductivity and resistance; principles of condensation; fuel and energy sources; fuel storage and transfer; energy conservation.
Principles of Lighting and lighting design
Principles of Lighting and Lighting Design; lighting terminology and units of measurement; general illumination levels for different types of buildings; glare; lighting design and the lumen method, luminance design and glare index; types of luminaires; traditional and energy efficient light fittings and controls; cabling systems. introduction to emergency lighting and controls; principles of natural day lighting and its application in the provision of natural light to buildings.
Principles of Electricity and electrical building services
Principles of Electricity and Electrical Building Services Production of electricity at atomic level; production of electric currents ; Ohms law and its application in electrical design; series and parallel circuits; excess current protection; wiring systems including types of conductors and insulators and colour coding; electrical supply and installation. Introduction to DC and AC supplies and their application to buildings; overview of the national grid systems and transformers; single and three phase electrical distribution into domestic and non-domestic buildings ; alternative energy sources ; maximum demand and electrical tariffs.
Principles of Sound and Acoustic Design
Principles of sound -frequency, wavelength, and velocity; measurement of sound levels; threshold of sound levels; EMS; measurement of noise and noise control in the construction industry; noise transfer; sound insulation principles. Reflection, absorption reverberation in acoustic design.
Hot and cold water services
Source of water supply; characteristics and chemistry of natural water; water hardness; softening of water; hot and cold water domestic supply; cold water storage and distribution; hot water supply ; estimating pipe sizes for water supplies; pipe material and fittings; corrosion of pipework; conservation and re-use of water.
internal and External Drainage
Combined and separate surface water and sewerage systems; Pipe network design with manholes, AJ’s, gullies and rodding eyes; Single stack system, single stack modified system, one and two pipe vented systems; sanitary appliances and connections; traditional and modern waste water treatment systems in rural areas; reed bed and wetland systems; Sustainable Urban Drainage systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment 4-6 laboratory experiments - on lighting, heating, acoustics and electricity 3 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Essays on selected topics 2 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination None 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students will be given the opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examinations board by repeating part or all of the same or similar CA.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory based 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical Laboratory classes and preparation for labs 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Dicsussion of content including the application of theory in the laboratory. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Preparation for final examination 3.50 Every Week 3.50
Directed Reading theory based 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Randall McMullan, Environmental Science in Building (5th Ed ), MacMillan, 2001 [ISBN: 023052369]
  • F Hall 1988, Design Calculations For Plumbing and Heating Engineers, 2 Ed. [ISBN: 9780582018679]
  • R Greeno 2005, Building Services Technology and Design [ISBN: 9780750682206]
  • CIBSE Guide F, Energy Efficiency in Buildings [ISBN: 1903287340]
  • BSRIA, Illustrated Guide To Mechanical Building Services [ISBN: 9780860227090]
  • Paul Tymkow, Building Services Design for Energy Efficient Buildings
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • database: Electronic database resources including IHS

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EARCT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 2 Mandatory
DK_ECMGT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management 2 Mandatory
DK_EARCT_7 Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology 2 Mandatory
DK_ECMGT_7 Bachelor of Science in Construction Management 2 Mandatory
658 Bachelor of Science in Construction Surveying 2 Mandatory
DK_ECTEC_7 Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology 2 Mandatory
656 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Surveying 2 Mandatory
657 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Technology 2 Mandatory