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ENEM13014 - Thermodynamics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Students investigate of the flow of energy (heat) and work done in engineering processes, apply and explain key concepts and processes in thermodynamics and explain the procedures used to analyse the flow of energy and heat in liquids and gasses. Students use energy equations and the laws of thermodynamics to analyse and solve problems. They analyse the heat energy cycle for heat engines and heat pumps. They communicate effectively regarding technical aspects of thermodynamics, prepare technical and laboratory reports, clearly document technical procedures problem solutions, and evaluate uncertainties and the results of their work. Students develop a capacity to work, learn and communicate ethically and professionally, as individuals and in teams, to investigate and solve problems and present solutions. Distance education (FLEX) students are required to have access to a computer, to make frequent use of the Internet, and are required to participate in Residential School activities.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: MATH11218 Applied Mathematics AND (ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy & Electricity OR PHYS11185 Engineering Physics B)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Majority of the students said the unit was well presented, clearly explained, well developed, class notes are good, and text book is very good.
Recommendation
This practice will be maintained.
Action Taken
The same or better level of standard were maintained.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Topical contents too broad.
Recommendation
Screening of the chapter-wise contents will be done to keep it more focused.
Action Taken
The study materials in each chapter of the book was revised and the sections not completely covered in the lecture were identified and made known to students.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Poor AV quality of lectures.
Recommendation
The issue will be discussed with TaSAC for improving quality of recording in coming years.
Action Taken
There was no issue with the AV quality this year.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
More interactive active tutorial sessions.
Recommendation
Investigate the possibility of providing local facilitator in regional campuses.
Action Taken
Local facilitator was available for students in addition to attending ISL based tutorials.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Well laid-out Moodle site, easy to follow tutorials, help was always available, lecturer was friendly and nice guy, replied to emails quickly.
Recommendation
This standard will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The exam should allow for an own equation sheet to be taken in or open book.
Recommendation
Will be discussed within the teaching team and be actioned as the team decide.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Tutorial assume knowledge on concepts without showing how things are calculated.
Recommendation
It's really a good feedback. More step-by-step calculation will be shown in coming years.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
There should be more time between the assignments and a bit longer due date.
Recommendation
Review assessment due dates.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
A lot of labs which created huge workload.
Recommendation
We had 4 labs, now there are only three labs. Further reduction of labs may not be possible as labs give the opportunity of learning hands-on.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain key concepts and processes of thermodynamics.
  2. Analyse flow and non-flow process using tables of properties for fluids, formulae and calculations and present working to explain the analysis.
  3. Explain energy equations including the first law of thermodynamics and analyse and solve problems using these equations.
  4. Explain the effects of entropy in engineering processes and the limitations that the second law of thermodynamics places on such processes.
  5. Explain and analyse the heat energy cycle for a variety of heat engine and refrigeration cycles.
  6. Communicate effectively using the terminology, symbols and diagrams of thermodynamics and professionally document calculations and problem solutions.
  7. Prepare technical and laboratory reports with thorough evaluation of experimental uncertainties and results obtained.
  8. Work, learn and communicate in an ethical, professional manner both individually and in teams, using information literacy skills to investigate problems and present solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination