LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Addresses the design, operation, performance, fuel requirements and environmental impact of modern internal combustion engines. Internal combustion engines are a rich resource for understanding many mechanical technologies and are relevant to local industry. Different types of internal combustion engines are addressed: spark-ignition, diesel, stratified-charge, and mixed-cycle engines. A literature review of a topic is undertaken and presented by small groups.

Unit content

Ideal cycle analysis  

Performance parameters  

Introduction to spark ignition and compression ignition (diesel) engines  

Combustion and thermochemistry  

Control of pollutants  

Intake and exhaust processes  



New developments

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

  • Pulkrabek, WW, 2004, Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine, 2nd edn, Pearson. ISBN: 0-13-140570-5 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hour (4 weeks)
Self-directed project 2 hours (8 weeks)
Literature review30%
Practical skills20%
Exam: closed book50%

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

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Fee information


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