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MEC2101 Thermodynamics

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Andrew Wandel
Moderator:

Rationale

The rationale for the thermofluids strand of the Bachelor of Engineering requires that students are provided with a thorough fundamental understanding of the nature, dynamics and thermodynamics of fluids. A number of practical applications are covered to provide familiarity and reinforce this fundamental understanding. Expertise in this strand is expected of mechanical engineers in practice. In addition a small number of applications are taken to full professional practice level to provide the necessary personal development and allow the student to establish a measure of self confidence. This course has an educational as well as a training purpose. In view of the applicability of thermofluids laws and principles to universal and biological processes this course should serve as a foundation for those taking the specific study further and provide a broader appreciation of the universe to those students who will subsequently specialise to a subset of thermofluids such as "water engineering" or "hydraulics". It also provides a general appreciation of thermofluids to those students who will do no further courses which are directly dependent on this one. Courses in this strand are major studies for students doing the mechanical engineering major and electives to others.

Synopsis

Thermodynamics is that branch of physics which seeks to derive relationships between properties of matter, especially those which are affected by temperature, and a description of the conversion of energy from one form to another. Mechanical engineering systems are primarily about energy exchanges. All mechanical engineers must therefore be well grounded in the relationships which describe those exchanges. They must also be skilled in analysing machinery and systems in which the energy exchanges occur. Thermodynamics is therefore an essential and most important part of any mechanical engineering course of study.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. apply thermodynamic laws and principles to the analysis of particular processes, cycles and thermodynamic hardware;
  2. analyse a given thermodynamic problem by: (a) examining its nature and selecting appropriate techniques for its solution, (b) applying the selected techniques in a numerical analysis of the problem and (c) evaluating the results of the analysis;
  3. apply thermodynamic principles to the analysis of common engineering systems;
  4. discuss operational features of various thermodynamic systems and components.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic concepts 5.00
2. Properties 10.00
3. Energy Transfer 10.00
4. First Law 15.00
5. Second Law 10.00
6. Entropy 10.00
7. IC Engines 10.00
8. Steam Power 10.00
9. Refrigeration 10.00
10. Air conditioning 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Cengel, YA & Boles, MA 2011, Thermodynamics: an engineering approach, 7th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Texts with titles such as 'Thermodynamics for Engineers', 'Fundamentals of Thermodynamics', 'Engineering Thermodynamics', or 'Introduction to Thermodynamics' are likely to cover the majority of the course content in a slightly different way. If you are having difficulty with the explanations in the set text, you may wish to consult one of these other titles.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 15.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 86.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 25 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 10 07 May 2013
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 10 27 May 2013
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 700 70 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students will require email and internet access for this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); one A4 sheet of paper with any formulae or other information the student chooses to list (both sides of the sheet may be used).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing