ENEM20003 - Thermofluids Engineering Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will equip you with advanced knowledge and applications of the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to the design and analysis of complex thermofluid systems. You will apply your knowledge and understanding to evaluate the performance of air conditioning, cooling tower and other heat and energy transfer processes in various industrial plants. You will achieve the learning outcomes through an integration of advanced theoretical concepts and the application of modelling approaches, and experimental methods to solve industrial thermofluid problems. You will work both individually and collaboratively, to solve problems, and document and communicate your work clearly in a professional manner.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Laboratory/Practical 20%
4. In-class Test(s) 30%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Unit Evaluation
The unit provides a great opportunity to master state of the art software which is used in the industry.
The use of software helps the students learn to apply the engineering concept in real-life thermofluids applications. This practice will be continued in the future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
The latest version of the software has been used in this term which allows students to apply more features for comprehensive analysis. This practice will be continued in the future offerings of this unit.
Source: Unit Evaluation
The assessments are challenging and provide a real world perspective of thermal plant designs.
The newly designed industry-based projects help students to understand how and where to apply the theory in the industry. This practice will be continued in future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Two industry-based challenging projects were given to implement the students' learning of thermofluids plant design in a real-life scenario. In addition, clear assessment criteria and the project scope have been introduced to understand the assessment requirements. This practice will be continued in future offerings of this unit.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Online labs videos need to provide more clarity on equipment. The videos are not formatted for laptop viewing.
The lab is a compulsory component in this unit which has been designed to be performed in-person. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this is the first time we conducted labs online live and provided the recordings and data for analysis. It will return to in-person again once the COVID-19 situation becomes normal. In the meantime, the videos will be reviewed and reformatted for improved clarity.
Action Taken
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the labs were conducted online LIVE and provided the recordings and data for analysis. In 2021, all labs were conducted face-to-face on all campuses. In addition, MEL lab staff has travelled to PER to conduct the labs. However, one lab was conducted online from MEL to PER due to equipment failure in PER campus.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Lab staff is not available in PER campus.
In the short term, provide lab support using a combination of staff visiting from other campuses and through online sessions. If required additional support will be provided via zoom to the lab/project team with three to four students.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Team sizes in projects need to be better designed
Some students have complained about the size of teams in projects as they feel that only a few students contribute on the one side while communication and team dynamics are poor when the team size is big. This issue will be addressed in the next offering. Team sizes will be decided based on the total enrolments in the unit and ensure that there is equity amongst teams.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to design complex thermofluid processes related to air-conditioning, heating, cooling and ventilation systems
  2. Apply advanced knowledge and methodologies to critically evaluate the performance of complex mass, heat and energy transfer systems
  3. Apply discipline-specific theories to critically analyse the operating characteristics of pumps and turbines
  4. Model fluid dynamics problems using advanced numerical methods
  5. Work collaboratively in a team, communicate professionally and develop high-quality technical documentation related to theoretical, experimental and computational modalities in the discipline.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 5N )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5N )
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 5N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 3N 4I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 3I 4I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 5I )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 3A 4A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1A 4A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 4A )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1A 3I 4A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Postgraduate Units Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Laboratory/Practical