ENCH292-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Heat and Mass Transfer Operations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An introduction to the physics of heat-transfer and mass-transfer that underpin process technologies. The course is taught using a first principles basis to explain the underpinning concepts relevant to heat and mass transfer, and to illustrate similarities and differences between these processes. Examples from every day situations, as well as chemical engineering applications, are used to clarify the concepts taught in class.

This course covers the following topics:

Heat Transfer (Term 3)
• Mechanisms of heat transfer
• Conduction
• Forced convection
• Natural convection

Mass Transfer (Term 4)
• Diffusion
• Forced convection
• Natural convection

Mathematical techniques are essential to this course, so within these topics we also examine solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of heat and mass transfer.
  • Identify and apply appropriate correlations to solve heat and mass transfer problems.
  • Compute the magnitude of rates of heat and mass transfer in everyday and common engineering situations.
  • Explain and be able to apply dimensional analysis to problems of heat and mass transfer.
  • Formulate and solve ordinary differential equations that describe heat and mass transfer problems.
  • Propose and test reasonable engineering approximations to simplify complex problems in heat and mass transfer.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Timetable Note

Lectures: Lectures provide context and a different perspective to the course materials (24 hours)
Online content: Each week material will be posted online including videos and reading. It is essential that you review this material ahead of class as it will be used in discussions (12 hours)
Tutorials: Tutorials provide an opportunity to examine one or two problems in depth and get direct feedback on your understanding of the material. Attempting the problem(s) ahead of the tutorial will enable you to make the most of the opportunity (18 hours)
Self-study: It is highly recommended to commit at least three hours per week to review the lecture material and practice the problems (36 hours)
Assignment: The assignment will provide an opportunity to apply the course content to a real problem (30 hours)
Revision: Focus on understanding the content and being able to articulate your ideas (30 hours)

Total: 150 hours

Course Coordinator

Daniel Holland


Rachael Wood


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 20% Assignment 2 parts a) Week 8 b) Week 10
Exam 45%
Quiz 10% Every 2 weeks
Tutorial 5% Every 2 weeks
Test 18 Aug 2023 20% Week 5

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Bergman, T. L. et al; Incropera's principles of heat and mass transfer ; Global edition; Wiley, 2017.

No textbooks are required. However, some useful textbooks are given on the Learn site

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

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  • ENCH292-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023