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CME2028 : Thermodynamics 2

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Geoghegan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The course aims to provide the student with an understanding and knowledge of the thermodynamic principles used to predict the behaviour of systems undergoing physical change and to describe the fundamentals underpinning methods for calculating the properties of real fluids.
This is important because many aspects of chemical engineering are based on thermodynamic principles. These include, but are not limited to, power generation, refrigeration, distillation, and the equilibrium products and phases of chemical processes.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover fundamental thermodynamic concepts including:

Thermodynamic cycles involved in power generation and refrigeration

Equations of state, thermodynamic relations, and their application to departure functions

Properties of ideal and non-ideal mixtures: fugacity and activity coefficients

Phase and reaction equilibrium in multicomponent systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Preparation for assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00Lectures and tutorial sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory lecture.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Office hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Review lecture material and prepare for tutorials.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The predominance of lectures is appropriate for the module which has a theoretical bias. The tutorial sessions provide an opportunity for the students to practise the numerical methods required for calculations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Invigilated exam.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMPass/Fail Canvas assessment to ensure progress is being made.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A 100% written exam at the end of the course is the most appropriate means of assessing the learning outcomes. A pass/fail Canvas quiz in the middle is necessary to ensure that students engage with the course from the outset.

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