QUSU09002 2019 Electrical Building Services Technology

General Details

Full Title
Electrical Building Services Technology
Transcript Title
Electrical Building Services T
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Subject Area
QUSU - 0732 Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Pat Carter, Ruairi ODriscoll
Programme Membership
SG_SMECH_S09 201900 Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Project Management

‘Electrical Building Services Technology’ will enable learners to formulate critical opinions of electrical building services technology and building systems utilised in the Built Environment.  It will enable learners to evaluate and assess the requisite electrical services elements, systems and components which combine to complete a variety of efficient functioning building types. This will require learners to assess and evaluate the relationships between the CSA (Civil, Structural and Architectural) disciplines and the building services personnel. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Appraise and evaluate basic electrical services technology including; generating  and standby plant, switchgear, power distribution options, lighting and general services, protective services, transport, communications, lightning protection and mechanical wiring as required to complete an efficient functioning building in accordance with the clients requirements.


Formulate and assess the commercial issues involved with electrical design development.


Appraise and discuss that which is identified as builder’s work and predict the extent to which it is required.


Explain and discuss the significance and importance of Building Management Systems.


Evaluate how to procure specified Electrical Building Services components and Electrical Subcontract work packages.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach addresses student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach brings students together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework & Continuous Assessment 


End of Semester Exam


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will;

  • Evaluate and formulate electrical services technology appropriate to various installations scenarios (generating and stand by plant, switchgear, power distribution, lighting and general services, protective services (fire detection, intruder alarm, access control, etc.) transport, communications, lightning protection, mechanical wiring, etc. + associated builder’s work) to take account of mains supply, equipment, control gear, cables, cable containment and final sub-circuits as appropriate to complete a variety of efficient functioning building types.
  • Assess the significance of modern BMS systems.
  • Analyse the appropriate procurement of Electrical Building Services components and Sub-Contractors.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Electrical Building Services Technology Coursework Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Exam - Electrical Building Services Technology Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Electrical Building Services Technology 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Electrical Building Services Technology 5 Weekly 5.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Electrical Building Services Technology 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1997 Building Services, Technology and Design Routledge
ISBN 0582279410 ISBN-13 9780582279414

One in a series of textbooks produced in association with the CIOB, this is a concise guide to the installation and design of principal services in domestic and commercial buildings.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582231396 ISBN-13 9780582231399

Written specifically for students studying for the BTEC Standard Unit in Building Services and Equipment, the text also covers closely the requirements of the TEC syllabus. The text covers selected worked examples, the principles of services design and related questions and answers.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582236525 ISBN-13 9780582236523

Services and equipment in complex modern buildings account for over one-third of the total cost. Therefore study of services and equipment is essential for technicians in construction, surveying and architecture. Building Services and Equipment Volume 1 is the first book in a widely acclaimed trilogy that has become established as the leading work in this field. This volume deals with the topics of fuel conservation and thermal comfort by use of integrated heating, ventilating, air conditioning and lighting systems, district heating, thermal insulation, heat pumps and thermostatic controls.

Recommended Reading
2000 Building Services Engineering Taylor & Francis
ISBN 0419257306 ISBN-13 9780419257301

Engineering services within buildings can account for up to forty per cent of the original cost. The energy-using systems that service the building are a significant expense for the building owner in terms of the installed cost, the energy consumed during the forty years, or more, and in the maintenance, repair and upgrading of the systems and plant. This book provides study material in the construction, architectural, surveying and energy engineering subject areas ; it is also suitable for distance learning.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Surveyors Journal (SCSI)

URL Resources

ETCI Regulations;     https://www.nsai.ie/standards/standards-commitees/standard-committees/electrotechnical-standards/

International Electrotechnical Commission;   https://www.iec.ch/about/

Building Regulations TGD's A-M   https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/building-standards/building-regulations/building-regulations

A guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SCSI)  https://www.scsi.ie/documents/get_lob?id=1094&field=file

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers  https://www.cibse.org/

Other Resources

ETCI Regulations

Building Regulations

Building Control Act 2013

BSRIA's illustrated guides provide an overview of the main products and systems in mechanical and electrical building services, renewable technologies, hot and cold water services, ventilation and mechanical cooling. These highly practical guides are ideal as: