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Mechanical Systems and Control BSCI 9150

Building Science Course

Course details

This elective course will benefit students who want to develop knowledge, and the principles of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and their roles in building applications. It also helps students to have a more comprehensive understanding of mechanical system’s role in improving building energy efficiency and reducing the associated GHG emissions. Topics include the theory and practice of all-air air-conditioning systems, all-water air-conditioning systems, air-water combination air-conditioning systems, heating and cooling load calculations, psychrometric analysis, and building automation systems. For each type of these systems, design procedures and operating theories will be introduced and their features will be addressed, along with the concepts of control. The course will review the code compliant minimum energy efficiency requirements of key components in HVAC system as well. In addition, some innovative concepts including the passive and energy recovery technologies which can potentially be incorporated into the conventional HVAC system design will be discussed in terms of their technical, economic, and environmental applicability. This course is presented as lectures and assignments. Students will be assigned a term project relevant to course content and submit the report by the end of the class. Students will also be asked to present their project in class. In addition, a bi-weekly preparatory session of active learning (reflection of key readings) will be scheduled.


  • 60% in BSCI 9000 ( may be taken concurrently)





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of BSCI 9150 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 48518


Wed Sep 07 - Wed Dec 07 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 48518
  • $1704.17
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Dec 07 Wed 16:30 - 19:45 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 216

Helen Liu

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Program Assistant, at for approval to register for this course. Please include your A#.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct heating and cooling loads calculation for various types of the building.
  • Apply thermodynamic analysis to major components/devices present in HVAC systems.
  • Quantify required heating and/or cooling capacities of the boiler, furnace, chiller, heat pump, heating and cooling coils in air handling unit.
  • Assess the thermodynamic properties of moist air during the process of air conditioning.
  • Calculate the flowrate and head loss in ductwork and size the fan.
  • Calculate the flowrate and heat loss in hydronic piping and size the pump.
  • Describe the principles, features and general design procedures of various types of air-conditioning systems.
  • Autonomously devise strategies to design an energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system through an integrated design process including applying passive design and energy recovery technology in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system design.
  • Develop appropriate control strategies for a given heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system configuration to improve the operating efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.
  • Communicate system design decisions with personnel of other building design disciplines both verbally and in writing in a clear and understandable manner.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Mechanical Systems and Control (BSCI 9150) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Energy Modelling
    Graduate Certificate Part-time
  2. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Master of Applied Science Full-time/Part-time
  3. Building Science
    Master of Engineering Full-time/Part-time


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