• Class Number 5124
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Eduardo Trifoni
    • Eduardo Trifoni
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course conveys the fundamental thermodynamic principles and analysis methods. The topics covered include basic concepts and definitions, first law of thermodynamics and its applications to closed and open systems, second law of thermodynamics, equations of state, thermodynamic property relations, ideal gas mixtures, psychrometrics, reacting mixtures, chemical and phase equilibrium. The course briefly explores relations between thermodynamics and information theory. Application examples are presented for engineered and natural systems and processes, and cover energy, materials and process engineering, natural and built environments, biology and medicine, earth sciences, and astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate physical properties of solids, fluids and gases.
  2. Formulate mass and energy balances for closed and open systems without and with chemical reactions, and perform their exergetic analysis.
  3. Evaluate thermal effects associated with gas mixing, separation, and chemical reactions, and determine the equilibrium composition of such systems.
  4. Apply thermodynamic principles to design and performance analysis in interdisciplinary engineering applications including energy, materials and process engineering, built environments, biomedicine, and manufacturing.
  5. Apply thermodynamic principles to analysis of natural systems and processes.
  6. Write succinct engineering reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will incorporate examples based on recent developments in pertinent engineering and science research to demonstrate the wide applicability of thermodynamic principles. Students will be offered an opportunity to tour ANU research laboratories.

Additional Course Costs

Additional costs that students undertaking this subject incur are for the recommended printed textbook.

Examination Material or equipment

The mid-semester assessment and the final exam are material-restricted. All the electronic devices are prohibited, except for a calculator (non programmable). The other permitted materials are course/lecture notes, mathematical tables, printed textbook, homework assignments and solutions, tutorials and solutions.

Required Resources

Printed textbook: M.J. Moran, H.N. Shapiro, D.D. Boettner, and M.B. Bailey, Moran's Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics, SI Version, 9th Edition, Global Edition, Wiley, 2018

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments in written assignments.
  • Verbal comments to the whole class and groups in lectures, tutorials and lab sessions.
  • Verbal comments to individuals in consultations.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overviewConcepts and definitions
2 Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics
3 Evaluating Properties Homework 1 assigned
4 Control Volume Analysis Using Energy Homework 1 due
5 The Second Law of Thermodynamics
6 Using Entropy Homework 2 assigned (due during the first week of teaching break)
7 Vapor Power Systems Mid-semester assessment
8 Gas Power Systems
9 Refrigeration and Heat Pump Systems Homework 3 assigned
10 Ideal Gas Mixture and Psychrometric Applications Lab 1Homework 3 due
11 Reacting Mixtures and Combustion Lab 2Lab 1 report due
12 Review Lab 2 report due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Homework assignments 24 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Lab reports 16 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Mid-semester assessment 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final exam 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in any course element is recommended. Unjustified absence in the lab sessions, the mid-semester assessment and the final exam will automatically result in 0 mark for the corresponding assessment item.


The course includes a mid-semester assessment and a final exam. The mid-semester assessment and the final exam are to be solved individually without communications among the course participants or with third parties.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 24 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Homework assignments

Homework assignments cover material from the three weeks preceding the due dates. There are 3 homework assignments due over the semester. The homework assignments will be returned approximately 1 week after submission.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 16 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Lab reports

Lab reports are engineering reports on experimental observations and theoretical analysis of lab sessions. There are 2 lab reports due over the semester. The lab reports will be returned approximately 1 week after submission.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Mid-semester assessment

The mid-semester assessment covers the material from weeks 1–6. The mid-semester assessment will be returned approximately 2 weeks after assessment is held.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final exam

The final exam covers the material of the entire course. The final exam will be returned following ANU schedule. Please check the final examination timetable at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

• Electronic submissions are used in this course for homework assignments and lab reports.

• All submissions must be uploaded via the Turnitin links on the Wattle course website.

• Homework assignments will be posted on Wattle one week prior to their due dates.

• Lab reports are to be submitted within one week after the actual date of the lab sessions.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assessed homework assignments and lab reports will be available to students through Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmissions are possible in this course.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Eduardo Trifoni

Research Interests

  • Satellite, Space Vehicle And Missile Design And Testing
  • Hypersonic Propulsion And Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation
  • Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges
  • Energy Generation, Conversion And Storage Engineering

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