Course Title: Sustainable Thermal and Electrical Energy Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Thermal and Electrical Energy Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Professor Gary Rosengarten

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8020

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2385 Systems Engineering Principles, or equivalent

Course Description

In this course you will study topics include solar energy conversion into thermal and electrical power, utilisation and management for water and space heating systems. You will investigate passive thermal management of buildings, sustainable thermal technologies/systems such as geothermal, solar ponds and heat recovery, cogeneration and tri-generation systems. You will learn to analyse and design thermal and electrical systems within a sustainable engineering framework.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): 

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.2. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.2. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.3. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. Investigate and analyse sustainable thermal systems and technologies as well as services employing photovoltaic systems.
  2. Model sustainable thermal and photovoltaic systems
  3. Generate a range of innovative solutions to sustainably deploy / utilise thermal and photovoltaic systems 
  4. Design appropriate thermal technologies and system sizing in a range of contexts.
  5. Apply sustainable engineering values, including legal social, economic, ethical and environmental interests / impacts, to design of thermal systems
  6. Provide advice on sustainable thermal and systems designs, proposals and/or R&D activities.

Overview of Learning Activities


The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures: will guide you through important principles and concepts and assist in appropriate problem solving techniques;
  • laboratory sessions: will help you become familiar with hardware systems, to connect theory to practice, and reinforce the principles and concepts learnt in the lectures;
  • project work: will help you learn many useful techniques for engineering project activities, including how to interact with staff and fellow students in a smaller group setting, communication and leadership skills; and
  • Sites visit: will help you to further establish the links between the theory and practice by visiting some real-world applications of what they study in this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials from the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. You will use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

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 1: Solar Thermal and Cog/TriGen assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,5


Assessment 2: Experiment and write-up 

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO's 1,2


Assessment 3: Building and system simulation

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO's 1,2,4,5


Assessment 4: Online test

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO's 1,2,4