ENEM14014 - Capstone Thermofluid Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate your professional capabilities in the field of thermofluid engineering. You will analyse, explain and evaluate the performance of air-conditioning and refrigeration plant; and mass, heat and energy transfer processes in industrial plant and processes. You will describe types and characteristics of fluid machinery, apply the theory of energy transfer to its operation, and analyse complex fluid flows using computational methods. You will then apply discipline theories and methods to design, implementation, operation and maintenance of industrial mechanical systems. You are required to show you can work both individually and collaboratively, to solve problems, and document and communicate their work clearly in a professional manner. Distance Education students will be required to attend a compulsory residential school to promote development of unit learning outcomes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites [ENEM13014 Thermodynamics or ENEM12003 Thermodynamics] and ENEM12006 Fluid Mechanics [or ENEM12001 Fluid Mechanics]

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 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 25%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
4. In-class Test(s) 35%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% response rate.

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: Student Feedback (Evaluation)
1. The project assessment that is supplied should be detailed to outline to students exactly what is expected. Feedback delivered on time would have been helpful. 2. The laboratories conducted on regional campuses were poorly organised and run.
1. The two projects for this unit will be reviewed and necessary details about what is expected will be supplied to students. 2. The laboratory sessions on regional campuses were run for the first time with newly purchased equipment which had some faulty components. They have been rectified and an orderly session are expected to be run in 2018.
Action Taken
Done as per recommendation.
Source: Have your say
Students at Rockhampton campus felt that staff support was not adequate for them as the lecturer moved to the Melbourne campus.
Adequate staff support will be employed at Rockhampton and other campuses as needed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse, explain and evaluate performance characteristics and determine load on air conditioning and refrigeration plants
  2. Analyse, explain and evaluate mass, energy and heat transfer processes in industrial plant and components, and industrial processes
  3. Describe types and characteristics fluid machinery and apply and explain the theory of energy transfer to its operation in engineering applications
  4. Explain and analyse complex flows and computational fluid dynamics methods in such flows.
  5. Apply discipline theories and methods to the problems of designing, implementing, operating and maintaining mechanical systems in industrial contexts
  6. Communicate professionally and provide evidence of personal reflection on, and critical assessment of, team contributions and professional development, and development of technical competence in thermofluid engineering
  7. Reflect upon, formulate and solve problems and record and communicate professionally the approach used to resolve problems and the reasons for adopting such approaches to problems


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)