Course Title: Heat and Mass Transfer

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Heat and Mass Transfer

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Nicky Eshtiaghi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.13

Course Coordinator Availability: To be advised in class

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides an introduction to heat and mass transfer and introduces practical application in industry. Basic tools to design process operations involving heat transfer and mass transfer are covered. Extensive use is made of industrial examples and analogies between the various transport mechanisms to encourage lateral thinking.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of heat and mass transfer to basic engineering systems;
  2. Analyse heat transfer by conduction, convection;
  3. Analyse and design heat exchangers;
  4. Analyse diffusional processes and calculate the flux in a diffusion process.

Overview of Learning Activities

A detailed weekly lecture plan will be issued during the first class and it can also be downloaded from the Canvas - Syllabus. The teaching schedule is organised around the central topics of a) Heat Transfer and its Applications and b) Mass Transfer and its Applications – Each includes examination of a number of sub-topics. There are also laboratory classes where principles and concepts will be applied to practical tasks. 

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of two hours per week in lectorials and a lab session in week 4 or 5. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text for this course although course content has been extracted from the first text. The subsequent references can be used as complementary learning material for this course

McCabe, W.L., Smith, J.C. and Harriott, P.(2005)  Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill

Cengel, Y.A. (2007), Heat & Mass Transfer - a practical approach, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill.

Geankoplis, C.J. (2003), Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles, 4th edition, Prentice-Hall.

Other materials (Lecture notes, pre-recorded lecture videos, pre-recorded video of tutorial questions on specific topics, tutorial/ and weblearn solutions, pre-recorded videos on lab activities, background theory behind of virtual lab, etc.) associated with this course are available on Canvas.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Heat Transfer test (25%)

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4. Time limited test in a timed window. 

Task 2: Mass Transfer Test (25%)

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4. Time limited test in a timed window. 

Task 3: Weekly Assignments - tutorial and weblearns 35%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Task 4: Lab Assignments - Lab report (10%) and virtual lab multiple choice questions (5%)

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4.