Course Title: Advanced Thermo Fluids

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Thermo Fluids

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Lin Tian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6093

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. It is assumed students enrolled in this course have a general level of knowledge in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics consistent with an undergraduate engineering degree.

Course Description

In this course you will study a range of topics in the fields of advanced thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Together with fundamental theory a variety of practical applications of advanced thermofluids engineering will also be studied. The principles of thermofluid mechanics will be reviewed through the use of real-world examples and be applied to analyse practical thermofluid systems for engineering design applications. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the development of 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.
  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities.

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities.

4. Professional Practice

  • Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

5. Research

  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Elucidate the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
  2. Critically evaluate and apply a range of tools and methodologies to analyse thermofluid systems.
  3. Illustrate practical engineering applications and reinforce their connectivity through analysis of thermofluid systems.
  4. Review and reference trends in thermo-fluid related applications.
  5. Make appropriate assumptions and apply relevant governing principles/equations and experimental methods to solve thermofluid related problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include any of the following: lectures, class quizzes, written tests, and assignments. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the learning management system, Canvas, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material and practical examples. Prescribed textbooks for the course are available online through the RMIT library. Several recommended references for this course will also be available through the 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)

A list of assessment tasks for the course are below. Specific details about the assessments are provided in the course guide Part B and via the learning management system, Canvas. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid semester test 
Weighting of final grade: 20% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 5
Description:  An online test assessing all thermodynamics topics.  

Assessment Task 2: Homework Assignment 
Weighting of final grade: 45% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: A series of graded homework problems; one for each topic.

Assessment Task 3:  Essential Skills quizzes
Weighting of final grade: 10%       
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description:  A series of in-class quizzes assessing the essential skills and capabilities of engineers working in the field of thermofluids. 

Assessment Task 4: Final assignment
Weighting of final grade: 25%      
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 5
Description: A written class test assessing all fluid mechanics topics.