LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of engineering thermodynamics, including the units, definitions and physical basis of thermodynamic functions, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics.  Students engage in individual modelling and analysis of mechanical examples and work in small groups on laboratory experiments.  

Unit content

1. Introduction to thermodynamics and basic concepts  

2. Energy and energy transfer, first law of thermodynamics  

3. Thermodynamic properties of substances    

4. Mass and energy balances in open and closed systems  

5. Entropy, second law of thermodynamics  

6. Gas power cycles  

7. Case studies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (8 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour (4 weeks)
Project report50%
Exam: closed book40%

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