The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course comprises two components: heat transfer, and energy systems. Part A of the course presents an elementary treatment of the principle of heat transfer in which students are introduced to the fundamentals of conduction, convection and radiation. Part B of the course provides an overview of the fuel technology, power generation and environmental implications of energy systems. Part B also covers design aspects of energy systems from a heat transfer point of view.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe and identify the main physical processes and mechanisms by which heat transfer occurs in different real-world and engineering systems

2. Apply the mathematical concepts of one dimensional, multi-dimensional and transient heat transfer to predict numerical outcomes of example systems

3. Explain and understand energy systems and energy transformations in the context of modern energy sources and use

4. Identify and define, at an introductory level, fuel technology, power generation and environmental implications of energy systems

5. Apply heat transfer principles and mechanisms, and knowledge of existing commercial energy systems, in practical engineering design

6. Work as part of a team on the development of an engineering idea from the conceptual stage through to build and operation


Part A:

  1. Basic concepts of heat transfer
  2. One-dimensional steady-state conduction
  3. Transient conduction
  4. Convection (natural/forced)
  5. Radiation
  6. Design of heat exchangers


  1. Energy transformations
  2. Energy supply and demand
  3. Conversion technologies and fuels
  4. Solid fuel gasifiers and combustors
  5. Zero emissions technologies
  6. Energy storage
  7. Wind energy
  8. Solar energy
  9. Geothermal energy
  10. Nuclear power
  11. Design of energy systems

Assumed knowledge

ENGG1500 Introduction to Professional Engineering or GENG1803 Introduction to Engineering Practice

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments 1, 2 & 3

Project: Mini project

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Online quiz 1, 2 and 3