University College Dublin
Area of Study
Engineering Science, Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis first year engineering core module introduces theory and practice of Energy Engineering, based on
fundamental principles and laws of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. Thermodynamics topics are concerned with
the ways energy is stored and how energy transformations, which involve heat and work, may take place. These
principles are applicable, for example, to heat engines used for power generation, to internal combustion
engines used for vehicle propulsion, to refrigeration systems and heat pumps used for cooling and heating, and
to liquid pumps and water turbines, such as those used in hydro-electric power stations.
This course focuses
strongly on study of the principle of conservation of Energy (First Law of Thermodynamics) and on its
application to quantitative problems arising in practical engineering situations. Study of properties of pure
substances is also required, as is familiarisation with tables of Thermodynamic fluid properties. Fluids
considered include ideal gases and other substances where liquid-vapour mixtures occur.
Heat transfer topics
will include analysis of one-dimensional steady state heat transfer problems, such as those that arise in study
of heat exchangers and in analysis of heat losses through walls and windows of buildings.
Each student will be
required to complete laboratory experiments during the Semester and also to participate in a Group Assignment.
The latter will involve implementing engineering calculations and plotting graphs using a spreadsheet, and
writing of a formal technical report. Problem-solving tutorial sessions are also scheduled.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.