Energy Engineering

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Energy Engineering

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science and Math, Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This first year engineering core module introduces theory and practice of Energy Engineering, based on
    fundamental principles and laws of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. Thermodynamics topics are concerned with
    the ways energy is stored and how energy transformations, which involve heat and work, may take place. These
    principles are applicable, for example, to heat engines used for power generation, to internal combustion
    engines used for vehicle propulsion, to refrigeration systems and heat pumps used for cooling and heating, and
    to liquid pumps and water turbines, such as those used in hydro-electric power stations.
    This course focuses
    strongly on study of the principle of conservation of Energy (First Law of Thermodynamics) and on its
    application to quantitative problems arising in practical engineering situations. Study of properties of pure
    substances is also required, as is familiarisation with tables of Thermodynamic fluid properties. Fluids
    considered include ideal gases and other substances where liquid-vapour mixtures occur.
    Heat transfer topics
    will include analysis of one-dimensional steady state heat transfer problems, such as those that arise in study
    of heat exchangers and in analysis of heat losses through walls and windows of buildings.
    Each student will be
    required to complete laboratory experiments during the Semester and also to participate in a Group Assignment.
    The latter will involve implementing engineering calculations and plotting graphs using a spreadsheet, and
    writing of a formal technical report. Problem-solving tutorial sessions are also scheduled.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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