Module Descriptors

Qualitative Research Methods; Engineering and IT

The module introduces students to a range of research methods used in Engineering and IT. This involves discovery, interpretation, development, and execution of methods that are generic in nature, yet highly applicable to research in engineering, computing and information systems. Topics covered include how to critically review published articles, identifying a research problem, qualitative research, data sampling, physical measurements, reliability, validity, data collection, data mining, simulation, optimisation, graphical modelling, and research ethics.

Quantitative Research Methods

This module introduces students to, and familiarises them with, a wide range of methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation. It will consider the strengths and weaknesses of experimental and quasi-experimental approaches, the proposal and testing of hypotheses and the suitability of such methods. It will introduce students to a range of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used for interpreting numerical data.

Research Design and Planning

This module concentrates on the development and design of student research proposals, consisting of two main sections: firstly, developing the research question and objectives and designing the theoretical framework; secondly, designing the research methodology including the research approach, methods, instruments or information gathering guidelines, method of results analysis, and ethical considerations.

Advanced Building Performance Modelling

In this module, the students will learn advanced modelling techniques to simulate and optimise the performance of different components used in buildings. Integration of renewable energy resources will also be addressed, e.g. solar and wind. The integrative effect of these components will also be studied. This includes both thermal and fluid modelling for some components as well as mathematical modelling and optimisation for control systems. One or more commercial software packages will be used, e.g. IES, MATLAB and/or HOMER.

Sustainable Architecture: Past, Present and Future

This module aims to develop critical understanding of past, present and future trends in sustainable built environment. Topics covered include vernacular architecture; evolution of building materials and design; and principles as well as myths associated with sustainable architecture. After successfully completing this module, students will acquire a strong theoretical background of various aspects that affect the development of sustainable architecture.

Advanced Building Acoustics

The objective of this module is to provide students with an understanding of acoustics and noise control in the built environment and how to achieve good room acoustics and sound insulation of buildings. Proper sound insulation, noise control, and room acoustics will be covered as well as how noise control influences the design of the built environment.

Advanced Indoor Air Quality and Climate

This module aims to provide students with the latest research development, knowledge and skills needed for creating healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments. Students will acquire the ability to conduct independent research and/or to practise as consultants in the industry on topical issues that include indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal conditions, ventilation, sources and IAQ modelling, particle characterisation, indoor air chemistry, environmental tobacco smoke, IAQ purification strategies, the effects of biological agents, and infectious disease transmission and control.

CFD Applications in the Built Environment

In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) including the governing equations, laminar and turbulent flow, steady and unsteady flows, turbulence modelling, discretisation and meshing, types and application of boundary conditions, and the different types of convection heat transfer (natural, mixed and forced). Students will also learn how to use CFD to model internal and external fluid and heat flow as applied to different scenarios in the built environment.

Environmental Economics and Policy

This module tackles aspects related to the impact of environmental economics and policy on the built environment and the appropriate ways of regulating economic activity. Students will also establish an understanding of the role of markets and regulations in determining acceptable amounts of pollution levels that lead to achieving a socially-desirable environment.

Lighting Performance and Strategies

This module offers an in-depth look at natural and electric lighting performance and design in the built environment. It aims to provide advanced knowledge on various aspects related to design issues and strategies, the effect of daylighting on occupant performance, calculations methods and visual comfort evaluation. The module will also highlight the role of electrical lighting and investigate ways to complement its use with daylighting systems.

Smart Infrastructure

This module offers an in-depth look at sustainable engineering practices in an urban design context. It aims to provide advanced knowledge on various aspects related to achieving smart and sustainable infrastructure including water resource management, materials, environmental performance, site planning and transportation-related issues.

Transport Planning

This module aims to provide an insight into transport planning principles and techniques and how they are applied to address existing transportation issues and to prepare plans to cater for future travel demand. It explores the methods and approaches that could be developed in identifying key parameters impacting travel demand and patterns and the transport plans required to maintain acceptable levels of urban mobility.

Thesis (360 credits)

This element of the programme comprises the planning, development and submission of a doctoral research thesis of 60,000-80,000 words. The student will carry out a major research investigation. The student will work under the supervision of a Director of Studies and second supervisor from BUiD and an external academic advisor. The PhD thesis will be expected to make a distinct and original contribution to the knowledge of the topic addressed.

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