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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2022/2023

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Engineering

ENGI44V30: Business and Engineering Foundations

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to H1KC24 Energy Systems Management [Suspended for 2022/23]


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This module is designed solely for students studying on the Master of Energy Systems Management
  • To provide students with foundational content in Engineering topics.
  • To provide students with foundational content in Business topics.
  • To provide students with experience of design.
  • To provide students with foundational knowledge on the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context


  • Engineering fundamentals for energy systems
  • Business fundamentals for energy systems
  • Engineering design exercise
  • Contexts of modern energy systems

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles of energy systems.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the business foundations of energy systems
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practises along with the ability to apply those methods in novel situations.
  • An introductory awareness of the relationship between engineering and business within an energy system context.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced technical and professional skills
  • An ability to perform critical assessment and review and an ability to communicate the results of their own work effectively.
  • An ability to solve technical engineering system problems through application of engineering design processes.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Teamworking skills (both in person and remote) and group and individual presentation skills.
  • Specialised numerical skills appropriate to an engineer manager.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures.
  • Students can make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff. These are sign up sessions which will be available to the students.
  • Assessment in through a portfolio of group exercises and presentations covering both Business and Engineering topics and skills.
  • Engineering-led coursework will also involve students solving technical problems independently.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 60 Typically block taught over six weeks for full-time students 1 hour 60
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 hour 15
Preparation and reading 225
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Business-led foundations portfolio activities 50%
Engineering-led foundations portfolio activities 50%

Formative Assessment:

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University