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SEM202 - Thermodynamics


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Subrat Das

SIT199 and SIT194; and one unit from SEB101 or SEP101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 5 hour practical class per trimester. All students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3 hours of classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week and 1 x 5 hour practical sessions per trimester. Students must attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 7).


This unit introduces fundamental concepts, laws and definitions relevant to thermodynamics. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how to apply equations and tools commonly used in this field to practical problems, such as engines and steam power plants. Students will learn experimental techniques to determine important thermodynamic measurements and reinforce fundamental concepts.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Develop a clear understanding of thermodynamic systemsprinciples and laws.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate an ability to use thermodynamic cycles and specialist tools such as steam tables and charts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply conservation principles to both closed and open systems (IC enginesGas and steam cycles and refrigeration system etc.)

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork


Interpret and communicate experimental data in a technical format.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Two problem-based assignment Two written reports 20% (2x 10%) Weeks 5 and 9
Practical work and report Laboratory work and written report 20% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 60% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 40% in the practical work and report.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Cengel & Boles, 2019, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach (Si Units), 9th edition (or 7th edition), McGraw-Hill.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM202 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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