The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students learn the fundamental principles of heat transfer and how they can use them to solve engineering problems, in particular in heat exchanger applications. The course, which nicely blends physical and mathematical concepts, provides an excellent support to the students for expanding/developing the analytical skills built on previous knowledge of mathematics and physics.

On completion, students will demonstrate sufficient skills to enable them for their future careers, and the potential for future self-directed study in this area.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe, explain and identify various heat transfer mechanisms.

2. Apply the principles of heat transfer for analysing processes in an engineering context.

3. Solve engineering heat transfer problems related to heat exchangers.

4. Perform routine experiments relating to heat transfer and communicate experimental results through written reports.


The course covers various topics including:

  1. Introduction to heat transfer
  2. Heat exchangers
  3. 1D- Conduction
  4. 2D- Steady state conduction (numerical analysis)
  5. Transient conduction
  6. Convection (External and internal)
  7. Radiation

Assumed knowledge

MECH2710 Fluid Mechanics 1

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Report: Laboratory Report

Quiz: Mid-Semester Quiz

Quiz: End-Semester Quiz

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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

Students will select a laboratory session at the beginning of the semester in consultation with the course coordinator.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

2 x 2 hours per week


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1