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Module Title
Systems Engineering
Reference EN4702 Version 4
Created March 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to assess engineering plant systems behaviour, operation and performance.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Evaluate the matching of engineering systems using qualitative, quantitative and simulation techniques.
2 Evaluate techniques and procedures used in the structural and dynamic verification of process piping and pressure vessels.
3 Use appropriate techniques to develop optimum solutions for heat exchanger networks in process plant as part of combined heat and power systems.
4 Use non-destructive evaluation techniques in their application to system elements safety and system life prediction.

Indicative Module Content
Analysis of systems involving the interaction of thermal, mechanical and/or electrical components. Design procedures used in process piping/pressure vessel systems. Overview of compliance code software packages. Compliance code design procedures: BS5500; ANSI B31.4. Pipe stressing due to deadweight, design pressure and temperature. Heat exchanger networks in process plant. Combined heat and power systems: process heat. Grand composite curves for heat transfer. Optimisation of networks, pinch technology. Integration of heat and power requirements. Non-destructive evaluation techniques to measure component and system integrity; safety and life prediction.

Module Delivery
The module will be delivered by means of lectures, tutorials and workshops and student centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 48 48
Non-Contact Hours 102 102
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 4
Description: A coursework involving non-destructive evaluation techniques.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: A 3 hour closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass, students should achieve a mark of at least 35% in each component (which has a weighting of 30% or more) and an overall grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A >=70
B 60-69
C 50-59
D 40-49
E 35-39
F <35
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Failure Analysis (EN4701) or its equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 SMITH, E., 1996. Thermal Design of Heat Exchangers. Chichester: Wiley.
2 SOUMERAI, H., 1987. Practical Thermodynamic Tools for Heat Exchanger Design Engineers. New York: Wiley.
3 Nitsche, Manfred, and Gbadamosi, Raji Olayiwola, 2016. Heat exchanger design guide : a practical guide for planning, selecting and designing of shell and tube exchangers. Amsterdam : Elsevier Ltd., [2016].

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