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Course Number: ME 385M 
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Enrollment: Fall 
Course Format: This course is 100% online and has been tailored for distance learners.  
Course Syllabus: View full course details

Course Description 

This 3-credit course provides a thorough understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer and how these disciplines apply to the design and analysis of complex thermal-fluid systems. 

Topics Covered Include: 

  • Thermodynamic principles and properties 
  • Modeling and parametric analysis of thermodynamic cycles 
  • Gas mixtures and psychrometrics 
  • Chemically reacting mixtures and combustion 

Who Is This Course For? 

This course is designed for professionals of all levels who want to pursue careers in industries where thermodynamics play a significant role, such as the energy, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), automotive, aerospace and process engineering industries. 

Learning Outcomes 

This course, along with the other courses in the mechanical engineering program, help students achieve the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems. 
  2. Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems. 
  3. Ability to design mechanical components, systems and processes. 
  4. Ability to set up and conduct experiments, and to present the results in a professional manner. 
  5. Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering. 
  6. Ability to communicate in written, oral and graphical forms. 
  7. Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts. 
  8. Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree. 
  9. Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession.  
  10. Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political and environmental issues and global impact.  


This course requires a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a related field. 

Theoretical knowledge of the fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer is recommended, as is Microsoft Excel proficiency.  

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