General Elective Courses

General Elective Courses

General elective courses are any postgraduate courses that are offered either within the Faculty of Engineering or within the University of Cyprus. 
It is also noted that according to the Rules of the Graduate School, it is possible for postgraduate students to replace a general elective course (corresponding to 8 ECTS), with up to two advanced undergraduate courses. The list of advanced undergraduate courses that would be particularly helpful for postgraduate specialization courses for the ETSD Program is given below. Note that the ECTS credits for each undergraduate course can differ and that graduate students may need additional credits in order to complete the required amount for the completion of the ETSD program of studies. Also, it is not allowed to credit advanced undergraduate courses to students that hold a degree from the same field of studies and have already attended courses of a relevant subject.

List of Undergraduate General Elective Courses

  • ARH 412: Architecture and the Critical History of Ecology (5 ECTS)
  • ECE 340: Power Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • ECE 447: Renewable Energy Sources: Photovoltaics (6 ECTS)
  • CEE 483: Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering (5 ECTS)

8.1. Detailed Description of General Elective Undergraduate Courses

ARH 412 – Architecture and the Critical History of Ecology (5 ECTS)

This course analyses the history-theory of environmental issues in architecture in relation to the larger context of architecture theory and practice of the 20th century. It contemplates social and technological experimentations and architectural visions, and their relation to history of environment, science and technology. The course also reflects critically and historically on more recent concepts shaping architectural theory and practice, such as eco-development, green architecture, and sustainability. The course requires basic knowledge of modern architectural history.

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ECE 340 – Power Engineering (6 ECTS)

Power system components. Magnetic circuits, inductors, transformers and their equivalent circuits. Generation, transmission and utilization of electric power. 3-phase AC and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 90 DC systems. Fundamentals of electromechanical energy conversion. Power semiconductors: basic devices and circuit applications. DC/DC converters; buck, boost, buck-boost and their derivatives, basic operation and design criteria. AC circuits: SCR phase control, inverters, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS).
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ECE 447 – Renewable Energy: Photovoltaics (6 ECTS)

Introduction to renewable energy sources with main emphasis on photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion. Current state in Cyprus and potential. Types of photovoltaic systems. History of photovoltaic technology development. Current status: Technology, Policy, Markets. Solar insolation. Short review of semiconductor properties. Generation, recombination and the basic equations of device physics. Efficiency limits, losses, and measurements. Physics of photovoltaic systems, including basic operating principles, design and technology, and performance of individual solar cells and solar cells systems. Current fabrication technologies. Design of cells and modules. Other materials. Applications.
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MME 217 – Heat Transfer (6 ECTS)

Subject areas in the course include: Linear and volumetric expansion. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer (HT), Fourier, Newton and thermal radiation laws of HT. Conductivity and diffusion coefficients, emissivity. Electrical analog of HT, electrical resistance and equivalent thermal circuits. General differential equation of heat conservation. Steady conduction in one dimension, with or without internal heat sources, analytical solutions of flat walls, cylinders and spheres. Steady conduction in two dimensions, shape factors, numerical solutions. HT from fins and extended surfaces. Transient HT, Heisler charts, semi-infinite solids. Lumped capacitance method, Biot and Fourier numbers. Forced and natural convection, Reynolds, Prandtl, Nusselt, Rayleigh and Grashof dimensionless numbers. Mixed convection, boiling and condensation. Heat exchangers. The course includes laboratory exercises.
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CEE 483 – Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering (5 ECTS)

Fundamentals of Pollutant Transport Mechanisms (advection, diffusion, dispersion) related to air, water and ground media. Gaussian Plume Dispersion Models, Lagrangian diffusion, Taylor’s dispersion. Air/Water Quality assessment; environmental design and Mitigation Strategies. Heat transfer and energy considerations for building design
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