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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

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 thermodynamics systems applied to engineering.

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  
 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Explain basic concepts, including the definition, units and physical basis of thermodynamic functions such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and specific heat.
2 Apply thermodynamic tables, phase diagrams and equations of state to obtain thermodynamic property data.
3 Identify and explain the thermodynamic system of interest in a given engineering problem, and the relevant thermodynamic properties that describe the system.
4 Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics for closed and open systems.

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

  1. Explain basic concepts, including the definition, units and physical basis of thermodynamic functions such as internal energy, entropy, enthalpy and specific heat.
  2. Apply thermodynamic tables, phase diagrams and equations of state to obtain thermodynamic property data.
  3. Identify and explain the thermodynamic system of interest in a given engineering problem, and the relevant thermodynamic properties that describe the system.
  4. Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics for closed and open systems.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.