Course Title: Applied Thermodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Thermodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Abhijit Date

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0612

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: 251.02.29

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the essential theoretical basis of engineering thermodynamics and its application to a range of problems of relevance to practical engineering.
The course aims to equip you with basic tools and methodologies for carrying out thermodynamic analyses of engineering systems.
Key topic areas are: Thermodynamic properties of working fluids including enthalpy and entropy; First Law of Thermodynamics applied to common engineering situations; Second Law of Thermodynamics applied to heat engines and refrigeration systems; common practical heat engine and refrigeration cycles.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.

PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 

PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Apply understanding of the nature and operating principles of energy flows to systems encountered in engineering
2. Describe and apply basic thermodynamic principles and laws of physics to analysing and predicting performance of idealised forms of thermodynamic systems
3. Describe and assess benefits of improvements to thermodynamic systems
4. Relate idealised thermodynamic system models to corresponding real systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include viewing pre-recorded lecture videos, assignments, tutorials, laboratory experiments and  quizzes. The laboratory experiments will help students learn how to set up practical problems and how to interpret and interrogate data for the analysis process. Online learning, and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks.
In this course students will learn through the following activities:

1.  Pre-recorded lectures and tutorials: to: to obtain an introduction to fundamental principles of Thermodynamics, and an introduction to application of these principles to solution of practical problems.
2. Set reading (e.g. prescribed sections of the textbook / online resources / notes): to reinforce/strengthen understanding of principles and application.
3. Practice examples: students need to practice solving problems as it is rarely as easy to do this as it might appear in  tutorials and pre-recorded lectures. Students need to attempt solving problems alone and with friends, and also under supervision in tutorials. Students will find participation in tutorials to be extremely helpful. Weekly tutorial assessments
4. Physical demonstrations and laboratory classes: to investigate real behaviour of Thermodynamic systems, and thereby gain deeper knowledge and better understanding of key concepts. Laboratory work will also allow students to develop skills in experimentation and data handling.
5. Assignments: student need to work on problem-solving assignments. By this activity and feedback on the assignments, student will advance their knowledge and capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include pre-recorded lecture and tutorial material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, details related to the laboratory experiments and references.

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).

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: (Open resources)

Weighting of final grade:  Total 20%

Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3

Description: Analyse idealised thermodynamic devices and systems weekly or alternate week quizzes.

Assessment Task 2: (Open resources)

Weighting of final grade:  10%

Related course learning outcomes:  2, 4

Description:  Analyse a real-world thermodynamic system in a physical or virtual laboratory setting.


Assessment Task 3: (Limited resources)

Weighting of final grade: 30% 

Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3

Description: Time limited test in a 24-hour time window. Test will cover all topics taught till the week before the test. Please refer to the canvas for the date of the class test.

Assessment Task 4: (Open resources)

Weighting of final grade:  40% 

Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3

Description: Study, analyse and develop thermodynamic solution to simulated real world problem.