Course Title: Evaluate thermodynamic systems and components

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: MIET7545C

Course Title: Evaluate thermodynamic systems and components

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Leon Mattatia
Ph: +61 3 9925 4668

Appointment by email

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
MEM23006A Apply fluid and thermodynamics principles in engineering

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the evaluation of thermodynamic systems and components, such as heat exchangers, heat engines, refrigeration and air conditioners, and air compressors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23114A Evaluate thermodynamic systems and components


1. Determine scope of thermodynamic system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine thermodynamic system and system components to be evaluated.

1.2 Determine stakeholders to be consulted on the evaluation
1.3 Confirm that appropriate support, including technical and professional assistance, is available.
1.4 Determine work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements, risk management and organisational procedures.
1.5 Investigate sustainability implications of thermodynamic applications.


2. Identify principles and techniques required for evaluation of thermodynamic system and components

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review features and functions of thermodynamic system and components.

2.2 Determine thermodynamic principles and techniques required to evaluate system and select and optimise components.

2.3 Determine appropriate analysis techniques, software and software validation techniques.


3. Evaluate thermodynamic applications and components

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess the performance of heat transfer devices.
3.2 Assess heat engine performance.
3.3 Assess combustion processes.
3.4 Assess steam processes, where present.
3.5 Assess refrigeration and air conditioning processes, where present.
3.6 Assess air compression processes, where present


4. Report results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Record outcomes of evaluation.
4.2 Provide documentation, such as calculations, component and system layouts, and functional and thermodynamic cycle diagrams.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MIET7547C in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria
1 Introduction. Course guide. Assessment. OH&S. WHS, requirements, codes and registration 1.1
2 Zeroth Law, First law and Second law of Thermodynamics; Heat Transfer - Conduction, Convection & Radiation  1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
3 Heat Transfer - Conduction, Convection & Radiation  and Heat Exchangers (Parallel Flow & Counter Flow) 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
4 Heat Exchangers (Parallel Flow & Counter Flow) 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

Heat Exchangers (Parallel Flow & Counter Flow); Combustion of Fuels

Quiz (Assessment 1-10%) - Heat Transfer-Conduction, Convection & Radiation 

1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
6 Combustion of fuels 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
7 Combustion of fuels; Steam and water systems (Steam Processes) 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
8 Steam and water systems (Steam Processes); Steam Power cycles-Rankine cycle  1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
9 Steam Power cycles - Rankine cycle and modified rankine cycle. 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
10 Steam cycles rankine and modified rankine cycles 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
11 Gas (Air) Compressors 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

Gas (Air) Compressors

Laboratory Practical (Assessment 2 - 10%) - Performed

1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
13 Gas Turbine (Brayton) Cycle 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

Gas Turbine (Brayton) Cycle;

I.C. Engine (Otto & Diesel Cycles).


Lab Practical report - Due

1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

 I.C. Engine (Otto & Diesel Cycles); Refrigeration Cycle

1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

Refrigeration Cycle

Assignment (Assessment 3 - 40%) - Due

1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
17 Final Test (Assessment 4 - 40%) 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2
18 Student feedback 1.1 to1.5:2.1 to 2.3:3.1 to 3.6:4.1 to 4.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Thermodynamics  : Advanced Applications by Roger Kinsky



Fundamentals of Thermal _Fluid Sciences by Cengel, Cimbala and Turner

Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Quiz

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10

Assessment 2: Lab Report
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 3: Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 4: Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Elements/Performance Criteria Quiz Lab Report Assignment Exam/Final Test
1.1 x x x x
1.2 X   X X
1.3 X X X X
1.4 X X X X
1.5 X X X  
2.1     X X
2.2     X X
2.3     X X
3.1     X X
3.2     X X
3.3     X X
3.4   X X X
3.5   X X X
3.6     X X
4.1     X  
4.2     X  

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Quiz - 10%
Assessment 2: Lab report – 10%
Assessment 3: Assignment - 40%
Assessment 4: Final Test – 40%

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessmen1 vs MIET7547C Elements & Performance Criteria

MIET7545C Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.1 4.2
Quiz X X X X X                      
Lab report  X    X  X  X              X  X      
Assignment  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X X  X  X  X  X X X X
Exam  X  X  X  X    X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X X    


 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
  EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3  EA1.4  EA1.5  EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1  EA3.2  EA3.3 EA3.4  EA3.5 EA3.6
Lab report  X  X          X  X  X  X    X    X  X  X
Assignment  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Exam  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X      X  X  X  X  X  
All assessments  3  3  2 2  2  2  3 3  2  2  2  3  2  3  3  2
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third of the Element
2  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds of the Element
3  Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element        

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
    • Current
    • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and learning Support: 

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

Please Refer to find more information about special consideration 


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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