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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

Unit description

Builds on introductory thermodynamics and fluid mechanics units to further students’ understanding of the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics and heat transfer, and covers applications in mechanical engineering thermal systems. The unit revises the second law, introduces chemical reactions and combustion, and addresses power cycles, refrigeration, air-conditioning and liquefaction. Modes of heat transfer and heat exchanger design are addressed.

Unit content

Revision of fundamentals; second law, entropy, exergy  

Power and refrigeration cycles  

Refrigeration and liquefaction  

Air conditioning  

Gas turbines  

Mixtures, psychrometry, chemical reactions and combustion  

Conduction, convection and radiation  

Heat exchanger design  

Thermal technology in practice

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transferIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2analyse thermal engineering problems in terms of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transferIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3model and solve thermodynamics and heat transfer problemsKnowledge of a discipline
4develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of thermodynamic and heat transfer phenomena, and in reporting findingsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5understand the application of thermodynamics and heat transfer in mechanical engineering professional practice.Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. analyse thermal engineering problems in terms of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. model and solve thermodynamics and heat transfer problems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. develop skills in effectively and safely using laboratory equipment in a team environment for experimental investigation and measurement of thermodynamic and heat transfer phenomena, and in reporting findings
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. understand the application of thermodynamics and heat transfer in mechanical engineering professional practice.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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