15 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Suitable level 3 qualification eg CC at A level, MM at BTEC, or equivalent

Aims/Description: Thermodynamics is one of the most common applications of science in our lives, and it is so much a part of our daily life that it is often taken for granted. For example, when driving your car you know that the fuel you put into the tank is converted into energy to propel the vehicle, and the heat produced by burning gas when cooking will produce steam which can lift the lid of the pan. These are examples of thermodynamics, which is the study of the dynamics and behaviour of energy and its manifestations. This unit introduces students to the principles and concepts of thermodynamics and its application in modern engineering.

Restrictions on availability: AMRC Training Centre

Teaching Methods: Contact time will be timetabled over 2 x 18 week semesters and will consist of the following: Lectures will provide delivery of most of the instructional content. Lectures support all learning outcomes. Tutorials will provide further development, recapping and clarification of the themes taught in the pre-contact material. Tutorials will support all learning outcomes. Problem solving/examples classes will include discussion of the answers to pre-contact examples questions and further examples questions and group exercises to develop understanding. Problem solving/examples classes will support all learning outcomes. In addition to the above, laboratory sessions will be timetabled to support learning outcomes 2 and 4.
Assessment: Summative laboratory work will assess learning outcomes), for example, students will be required to fill in a proforma during the lab, recording quantitative values and qualitative observations. Assessment is through individual coursework. A 2500-word assessment will be submitted to assess all learning outcomes.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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