Course Title: Process Thermodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Thermodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Gregory Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2200

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room10.12.33

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CHEM1031 Chemistry of Materials 2

Course Description

Process Thermodynamics concentrates on the application of fundamental thermodynamic principles and methods to the understanding, analysis and prediction of the behaviour of systems for power generation, refrigeration, liquefaction, separation processes and chemical reactions. The learning tasks emphasise the application of thermodynamic principles to process plant operations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) and associated double degrees.

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Select and apply thermodynamic techniques to a range of unit operations and plant operations.
  2. Evaluate and simulate a number of thermodynamic systems involving engineering systems, ideal and non-ideal chemical solutions, and chemical reactive systems.
  3. Use a computer design package for the simulation of thermodynamic systems and compare with manual calculations.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in workshops and tutorials.  You will work individually with the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers in tutorials and to perform assignments.  The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

Total study hours: You will spend between 2 to 4 hours per week in tutorial and work shop sessions.  You will be expected to spend 4 – 6 hours per week reviewing online lecture material and performing independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to lecture notes, tutorials (plus solutions), lecture videos and design software.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1: Tutorial Tasks Weighting - 10%

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment 2: Mid-semester test – 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1 and 2

Assessment 3: Assignment – 10%

This  assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment 4: Final Exam – 50%

This  assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2