SEM202 - Thermodynamics


2021 unit information

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


EFTSL value: 0.125

SIT199 and SIT194; and one unit from SEB101 or SEP101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


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 class 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 (online)

3 hours of class 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.

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.

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