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CME1021 : Thermodynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan McDonough
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide the student with a thorough grounding in the principles of thermodynamics.
To introduce applications of thermodynamics to real chemical engineering situations.
To ensure all students can approach thermodynamic analysis of systems in a logical and methodological manner.
To establish the fundamentals of chemical engineering thermodynamics such that they can be applied to a range of processes and systems commonly encountered by chemical engineers.
To teach the principles involved in the thermodynamic analysis of both chemical processes and process equipment to provide a strong grounding required for system design.
To provide the background so the thermodynamic analysis of unknown systems can be approached in a logical and methodological manner.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will provide an introduction to a range of fundamental thermodynamic concepts and their relationships, such as The First Law, Properties of Matter, Equations of State, Heat Capacity, Enthalpy, Reversibility and Irreversibility, Energy Balances, Entropy, The Second Law, Fundamental Equations, The Third Law, Thermodynamic Cycles, Thermochemistry, Equilibrium and Gibbs Free Energy, Reaction Equilibrium, and an Introduction to Steam Tables, Nozzles, and Turbines.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00Introduction session and thermodynamics lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:00Revision time for online tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Time limited (1hr) online tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Thermodynamics tutorial & problem solving classes
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion191:0019:00Online non-synchronous learning: VLE content such as videos, reading, discussion boards
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Preparation for lectures and tutorial classes, reading and research
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will develop the required knowledge base, and tutorial classes will enhance the understanding of this knowledge base whilst developing problem solving skills. These will be supplemented with online content in diverse formats such as: text, videos, practice quizzes, discussion boards, etc. In case of social distance restrictions being in place, lectures can be fully or partially replaced by a combination of online synchronous and non-synchronous content, and tutorial sessions can be delivered synchronously online.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M50Online assessment in teaching week 6 (1 hour)
Computer assessment1M50Online assessment in teaching week 11 (1 hour)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

CME1021 will be assessed by two online assessments carried out during term time in order to ease the amount of assessments during the January exams period. Therefore, no Plan B will be required for this module. Each online computer assessment will test the ability of the students to apply and practice using the principles of thermodynamics, and will be appropriate to the intended skills outcomes.

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