Course Title: Process Thermodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Thermodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Ken Chiang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2060

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.015

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

1.3 Conceptual understanding of the energetics that underpin expansion, compression, refrigeration and liquefaction processes

1.4 Conceptual understanding of the energetics that involve vapour-liquid equilibria and chemical equilibria.

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. Conduct process design calculations for expansion, compression, refrigeration and liquefaction processes
  4. Undertake process design calculations for processes that involve vapour-liquid equilibria and chemical equilibria.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will complete lecture screencasts and participate in lecture/tutorial (lectorial) sessions.  You will work individually with the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers on tutorial questions and assignments. The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.

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 problems
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 -4

Assessment 2: Assignment
Weighting: 20%
These assessment tasks support CLOs 1-4

Assessment 3: Mid-semester test
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1-3

Assessment 4: Final test
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4