Course Title: Sustainable Energy Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Energy Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Bahman Shabani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4353

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will cover the ‘physics of energy’, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, chemistry of energy, and electrical energy, up to a master’s level. The emphasis will be on theory and practical methods that are particularly relevant to sustainable energy technologies and systems. The course will also be of value as a refresher and extension course for students who have been away from full-time study for some period, and/or who did their bachelor degree in an engineering or applied science discipline that did not deal with the physics of energy in a lot of detail.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe, and investigate sustainable energy systems and associated issues.
  2. Use physics of energy fundamentals to analyse sustainable energy systems.
  3. Develop creative and innovative solutions to sustainable energy problems

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Attending the lectures
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Solving problems set in the class
  • Following worked examples provided after the class

Overview of Learning Resources

Guidance on resource material will be available online through the MyRMIT Canvas. These resources include, prescribed text books, journal papers, and internet resources, as well as lecture notes and other material provided through learning hub and mainly available through the RMIT website/library

Overview of Assessment


X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1 (Fundamentals of thermodynamics):
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Task 2 (Fundamentals of heat transfer and fluid mechanics): 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3 

Assessment Task 3 (Fundamentals of electrical power systems):
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Tasks 4 and 5 (Two online test covering fundamentals of thermodynamics, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, chemistry of energy, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and electrical power systems)
Weighting 50% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3