Specialization Courses

A student must successfully attend a number of postgraduate specialization courses selected by the Postgraduate Program of Studies of the interdepartmental program that will ensure the minimum number of ECTS credits according to the requirements of each program. Cited below there is a list of specialization courses that is typically offered over time (not all courses are available in the same semester or in the same year). An indicative timetable of the present semester is posted on the ETSD Program web site. Note that because of the wide and varied offering of courses within the interdepartmental program, part-time students should have in mind that a limited number of courses are offered during the morning and midday hours.

List of Postgraduate Specialization Courses

Department of Architecture
  • ARH 538: Environmental Building Design (8 ECTS)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 687: Building Intergration of Photovoltaic (PV): Towards nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) (8 ECTS)
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • MME 516: Renewable Energy Sources Technology (8 ECTS)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 536: Energy Efficiency of Buildings (8 ECTS)

List of Elective Courses

Department of Architecture
  • ARH 539: Advanced Topics in Architectural Technology (8 ECTS)
  • ARH 549: Advanced Topics in Urban Planning (8 ECTS)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 680: Power System Analysis (8 ECTS)
  • ECE 681: Power System Operation and Control (8 ECTS)
  • ECE 685: Power System Plant and Operation (8 ECTS)
  • ECE 686: Power System Modeling (8 ECTS)
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • MME 512: Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (8 ECTS)
  • MME 566: Advanced Semiconductor Photovoltaic Devices (8 ECTS)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 580: Dynamics of Atmosphere and Air Pollution Dispersion (8 ECTS)
  • CEE 586: Sustainable Built Environment (8 ECTS)

Detailed Description of Specialized Graduate Courses

This section includes detailed descriptions of specialization courses. It is clarified that for some courses it is expected in the future to make some changes in the program and in the description of the courses in order to further improve them. Note that there are courses that may have prerequisites, meaning that students will have to successfully attend some courses before being able to register to a postgraduate course and it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they meet the prerequisites for this.

ARH 538 – Environmental Building Design (8 ECTS)

This course aims to deepen the theoretical and applied knowledge of students on the Environmental Design of Buildings and to highlight the role of the architectural design, construction and appropriate technical support in order to ensure proper living conditions for the users of a building; minimizing energy consumption and reducing adverse environmental impacts. The course coversissues concerning the Bioclimatic Architecture which aims to improve the comfort conditions of users – thermal, visual, acoustic comfort, air quality – in the indoor built environment; issues that have to do with energy design aiming to the minimization of energy consumption of the building envelope as well as issues of ecological construction regarding the minimization of the ecological footprint.

ARH 539 – Advanced Topics in Architectural Technology (8 ECTS)

Subjects in this course will vary according to emerging student needs or requests and the educational and research interests of the faculty.

ARH 549 – Advanced Topics in Urban Planning (8 ECTS)

Subjects in this course will vary according to emerging students’ needs or requests and the faculty’s educational and research interests. The coursework consists of a workshop and a survey course based on best practices in sustainable urban design and development, with a particular focus on the challenges facing the Eastern Mediterranean region. The coursework is organized in the form of a workshop and includes thematic presentations, the analysis of cases studies, role playing and visioning exercises and a final master-planning exercise in a location to be specified by the instructor.

ECE 680 – Power System Analysis (8 ECTS)

The course provides basic and advanced concepts of power system analysis. Development of analytical skills to perform analysis of power systems. Analyze balanced and unbalanced systems using symmetrical components. Study transformers and per unit sequence models, transmission line modeling, power flow solution techniques, bus impedance and admittance matrices, power system stability. Projects and term papers to develop a deep understanding of the operation of power systems so that the students are well prepared to enter the workforce as network engineers or to perform research in this area.

ECE 681 – Power System Operation and Control (8 ECTS)

Basic principles of generation and control in power systems. Economic dispatch, unit commitment, automatic generation control. Linear and dynamic programming and solution of problems. Steam and hydro units, fuel scheduling, production costing, observability, state estimation, power flow, deregulationECE 685 – Power System Plant and Operation.

ECE 686 – Power System Modeling (8 ECTS)

A number of events and challenges exacerbated at the onset of the 21st century as well as future challenges requires thorough understanding of the operating principles and main features of a Power System Plant which is fundamentally important to power engineers. The module embraces the following simulation-based exercises: Overhead line design and parameter evaluation; thermal rating of HV underground power cables; electric field stress on the Insulation Material on power cables through Finite element modelling; modelling of non-linear properties of transformers’ core characteristics and design; losses evaluation on transformer structural components under saturation conditions. Final comprehensive exercise (real case scenario).

ECE 687 - Building Integration of Photovoltaic (PV): Towards nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) (8 ECTS)

Introductory graduate-level course on building integration of photovoltaics (BIPV) in a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) context. Review of current policy, directives, regulation, and goals on building energy efficiency and NZEBs. Available advanced components, technologies, tools, systems, techniques, and theories in modeling a building for achieving NZEB design and incorporating BIPV. Calculation of the size and cost of a system to offset building energy use. Study of smart systems for energy management and grid integration: monitoring consumption, RES generation, and environmental conditions are included, as well as case studies of smart meter projects.

MME 512 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (8 ECTS)

Thermodynamic analysis of engineering systems, emphasizing systematic methodology for application of basic principles. Introduction to availability analysis. Thermodynamics of gas mixtures and reacting systems. Modern computational equations of state. Thermodynamics of condensed phases, including solutions. Thermodynamics of biological systems.

MME 516 – Renewable Energy Sources Technology (8 ECTS)

The energy problem: "consumption" and "sources" of energy. Mineral resources and conventional technologies: nuclear, oil, gas and coal combustion. Historical development & current status of energy generation and storage technologies worldwide, in Europe and locally. RES technologies: Towards a sustainable energy future, short and long-term prospects. Methods to predict the potential and annual energy yield. Wind potential, wind turbines and performance. Solar geometry and solar potential. Solar-thermal and photovoltaic systems. Passive and active solar-thermal systems. Bio-climatic architecture. Hydroelectric power. Biomass systems. Geothermal potential and technologies. "Blue" energy systems: potential estimation, energy from tides, waves and currents. Hydrogen and fuel cells.

MME 566 – Advanced Semiconductor Photovoltaic Devices (8 ECTS)

Introduction to semiconductors, Intrinsic, n-type and p-type; Carrier transport, Hall effect, resistivity , photoconductivity, The infinite quantum well, 3D DOS, Fermi Dirac Statistics, carrier concentration, law of mass action. Temperature dependence of carrier density, mobility, scattering mechanisms. Energy band diagrams, Fermi level and temperature dependence. The p-n junction in equilibrium , forward and reverse bias in the dark and light; The p-n junction photovoltaic device, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, efficiency, fill factor, I- V characteristic, fabrication of p-n junctions. Derivation of 2D and 1D DOS, quantum wells, wires and dots. Nanowires, VLS growth, axial and core-shell, nanowire device fabrication, nanowire solar cells.

CEE 536 – Energy Efficiency of Buildings (8 ECTS)

Basic Principles of Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Methodology of Energy Analysis, Steady and Unsteady Heat Transfer in Two- and Three-dimensional Analysis of Structural Materials and Components with Conduction, Convection and Radiation, Prerequisites of Energy Efficiency, Materials for Thermal Insulation, Simulation Methodsfor Energy Efficiency, Certification, European and Cypriot Standards and Codes for Energy Efficiency, Assessment of Energy Efficiency, Optimized Technologies for Energy EfficientDesign, Passive Cooling andHeating, Case Studies in Buildings(residential, offices, organizations etc.).

CEE 580 – Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Air Pollution Dispersion (8 ECTS)

Meteorology and Structure of the Atmosphere. Meteorological Events as Events of Atmospheric Dynamics: weather-climate, climate change, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes, dust storms, El Nino phenomenon, rain, storms. Atmospheric Pollution Dispersion: Sources and Transport Mechanisms. Turbulent Atmospheric Flows. Jets and Plumes in the Atmosphere. Atmospheric Chemistry. Research and Operational Air Pollution Dispersion Models.

CEE 586 – Sustainable Built Environment (8 ECTS)

Holistic approach and lateral integration of fundamental aspects and current challenges in the sustainable design of the built environment. Includes: Climate Change, Urban Physics, Environmental Pollution, Global Energy Demands, Sustainable Building Materials, Rational Water Use, Waste Management, Renewable/Alternative Energy Technologies, Perception of Human Comfort, Ecological Footprint Analysis, Legal Framework, Environmental and Operational Management & Strategies. The course also demonstrates examples of both sustainable and unsustainable aspects of current design practice of the built environment, and how international policy frameworks can act as both drivers and barriersto sustainable solutions.

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