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Thermodynamics 1

2014 unit code: MEE20001 (formerly HES2330)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours60 hours
CampusHawthorn, Sarawak



Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to further develop your understanding of principles of work and energy, appreciation of the design principles in thermo-fluid systems, analysis of existing thermo-fluid systems and contribution of these to new designs.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Describe thermodynamics concepts, such as: energy; energy transfer; general energy analysis in
systems; mass and energy balance; entropy balance; 0th, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Law of Thermodynamics (K1, K3, S1, A2)
2. Use the property tables to identify the correct properties of pure substances. (K2, K3, S1, S2)
3. Solve numeric problems by applying the fundamental principles of thermodynamics. (K2, K3, S1, S2)
4. Analyse mass, energy and entropy in closed and open systems. (K2, K3, S2)
5. Safely conduct laboratory experiments, analyse and synthesise the experimental data, and generate laboratory reports. (K2, K3, S1, A2)
6. Analyse existing thermo-fluid systems and contribute to new designs. (K3, K4, S2)
7. Appreciate and describe the role of thermodynamics in building a sustainable society. (K3, K4)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.

Teaching methods

Lectures (36 hours), Tutorials (20 hours), Laboratory Work (4 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment




55% - 70%



5% - 15%

Laboratory Reports


10% - 20%


Individual / Group

10% - 20%


  • Introduction and Basic Concept of Thermodynamics
  • General Energy Analysis
  • Green/Renewable Energy and Sustainable Concept
  • Properties of Pure Working Fluids
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Concept of Entropy
  • Gas Power Cycles
  • Vapour and Combined Power Cycles
  • Refrigeration and Heat Pumps

Reading materials

Eastop, T.D. & McConkey, A. (1997). Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists, 6th ed., Longman.
Rogers, G & Mayhew, Y. (1992). Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th ed., Longman.
Van Wylen, G., Sonntag, R. & Borgnakke, C. (1994). Fundamentals of Classical Thermodynamics, 4th ed., Wiley.
Kinsky, R. (1996). Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, an Introduction, McGraw-Hill.
Moran, M.J. & Shapiro, H.N. (2008). Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 6th Ed., Wiley.

Text books

Cengel, Y.A. & Boles, M.A. (2011). Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 7th Ed, SI Units, McGraw- Hill.