Course code MEC2101

Thermodynamics is that branch of physics which seeks to derive relationships between properties of matter, especially those which are affected by temperature, and a description of the conversion of energy from one form to another.  All mechanical engineers must therefore be well grounded in those relationships which describe those energy exchanges, and be skilled in analysing machinery and systems for the energy exchange occurring.

This is a demanding course and therefore, for some students it would be prudent to enrol in just this course for Trimester 1 study.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 27 Jan 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • apply thermodynamic laws and principles to the analysis of particular processes, cycles and thermodynamic hardware;
  • analyse a given thermodynamic problem by: (a) examining its nature and selecting appropriate techniques for its solution, (b) applying the selected techniques in a numerical analysis of the problem and (c) evaluating the results of the analysis;
  • apply thermodynamic principles to the analysis of common engineering systems;
  • discuss operational features of various thermodynamic systems and components.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


30% internally assessed

70% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.