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CME1021 : Thermodynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Frankel
  • 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 equipments 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

Fundamentals of thermodynamics, The First Law, Properties of Matter, Equations of State, The Energy Balance, Entropy, The Second Law, The Entropy Balance, Control Volume Analysis, Thermodynamics of flow processes, Steam Tables, The Rankine Cycle, Thermochemistry, Equilibrium Reactions, Criteria for equilibrium, Phase equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Case Study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Preparation of group report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Case Study Group work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide required knowledge base.
Tutorials enhance the understanding of the knowledge base and develop practice of problem solving skills.
Group learning is in the form of a case study which reinforces concepts, teaches initiative and links a knowledge from related modules across Stage 1.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M25Case study report (group report - 6-8 students per group) approx 20 pages and poster presentation. End of Semester 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination will test knowledge gained and problem solving skills. In-course assessment will test the attainment of the remaining intended skills outcomes. The Group report and presentation are assessed as one component, with one mark returned.

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