The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides a full introduction to engineering thermodynamics with a focus on engineering flow processes as used in the power generation industries. After covering the first and second laws, a number of cycles are studied in detail, i.e. ideal gas and vapour power and refrigeration cycles, as well as applications in air-conditioning. The course is complemented by lectures on how to calculate the fundamental thermodynamic properties of fluids as used in flow processes.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply thermodynamic principles (1st and 2nd law of Thermodynamics) to real cycles and process engineering.

2. Solve engineering problems related to thermodynamic systems and processes.

3. Apply experimental techniques related to the measurement and analysis of thermodynamic systems.

4. Communicate experimental results through the preparation of written reports.


  • Introduction to energy, work and heat
  • Properties of substances
  • First law of thermodynamics
  • Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
  • Isentropic efficiencies
  • Refrigeration and Heat Pump cycles
  • Gas Power cycles
  • Vapour Power cycles

Assumed knowledge

MECH2710 Fluid Mechanics 1: fluid properties, conservation laws, uniform flow, momentum equation.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Report: Laboratory Reports

Quiz: Mid-semester Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain >=50% in the final exam to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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

Laboratory classes will be spread across three weeks


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term