The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course comprises two components; heat transfer and energy technologies. 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 fuels, power generation, and environmental implications of energy technologies. Part B also covers design aspects of energy technologies from an energy transfer point of view.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE2691. Students who have successfully completed CHEE2691 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE2695.

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

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

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.


Topics to be covered in this course include:

Part A

• Basic concepts of heat transfer

• One-dimensional steady-state conduction

• Transient conduction

• Convection (natural/forced)

• Radiation

• Design of heat exchangers

Part B

• Energy transformations

• Energy supply and demand

• Conversion technologies and fuels

• Solid fuel gasifiers and combustors

• Zero emissions technologies

• Energy storage

• Wind energy

• Solar energy

• Geothermal energy

• Nuclear power

• Design of energy systems


This course replaces CHEE2691. If you have successfully completed CHEE2691 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1 and MATH1120 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments 1, 2 and 3

Project: Mini Project

Quiz: Online Quizzes 1, 2 and 3

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term