MECH3423 Building Services Engineering II
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    Course Syllabus
    Level: Advanced
    Credits: 6 credit units
    Duration: One semester (3 hours per week)
    Prerequisite: Engineering fundamentals including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer
    Calendar Entry: Fundamentals of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) engineering including psychrometry, thermal comfort, load and energy calculations; design and analysis of HVAC systems and components; fire safety and protection concepts; fire extinguishing, detection and alarm systems; smoke management and control systems; code requirements and fire risk management; fire engineering approach.
    Assessment Methods: Examination (65%); in-couse assessment (20%); Practical work (15%)
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    Building services engineering is very important to modern societies and urban cities. This course will introduce and explain the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems which are the most important engineering systems in many types of buildings. It will also develop students in the basic concepts of fire safety, the legislative requirements and the design of most commonly installed fire service systems.

    Educational Objectives:

    • To introduce the fundamental principles, engineering concepts, design procedures, practical applications and related codes/standards of HVAC and fire services systems.
    • To develop a basic understanding of the objectives, characteristics, methods for effective design, operation and management of these systems.
    • To enable students to design and analyse these systems for modern buildings complying with local statutory regulations and achieving effective and efficient design solutions.
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Explain the fundamental principles and design concepts of HVAC and fire services systems.
    • Understand the characteristics and engineering design of these systems.
    • Design these systems and achieve effective and efficient design solutions.
    Course Teaching and Learning Activities:

    The teaching/learning will be supported by audio/visual aids, Web-based resources, technical visits and class discussions. The students have the opportunity to perform laboratory experiments or to undertake mini-projects to better understand the application of knowledge acquired. Satisfactory attendance rate and active class participation are expected and required.

    Engineering Applications:

    The course emphasizes the application of basic engineering principles to the design and analysis of HVAC and fire services systems. The students have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts, study the practical system design factors, perform laboratory experiments, and undertake mini-projects to better understand the application of knowledge acquired and new advanced technologies. The issue related to energy efficiency and sustainability is also given recognition in the course.


    References materials will be provided or indicated by the lecturers. Please see the Resources page for details.

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