Course Title: Fluid Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fluid Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Dr. Betty Richards

Course Coordinator Availability: Apppointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before commencing this course you should have completed course MATH2167– Mathematics 1 or equivalent, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply basic properties, principles and applications of fluids, components, fluid statics and dynamics, fluid flow and pump selection criteria to calculations on simple fluid systems. It also provides guidelines for you to perform laboratory experiments, relate the findings to standard values or established relationships and to present the findings in a technical report.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
1.3 In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary Engineering practice in the area of practice.
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
2.3 Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well-defined engineering problems.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
 On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Define the basic properties of fluids
2. Select basic components of a fluid system
3. Determine pressures in stationary fluids and buoyancy forces
4. Perform calculations for fluid flow through pipes and ducts
5. Determine the head loss in pipes and fittings in a network
6. Determine the flow rate through an open channel
7. Calculate the forces exerted by flowing fluids
8. Perform calculations on a fluid circuit that includes a pump or turbine
9. Perform experiments related to the basic principles of fluid mechanics and produce a technical report

Overview of Learning Activities

Our lectures will introduce you to the key concepts and theories about fluid science, and will explain the topic previous students have had most difficulty learning.
Tutorials are used to build your critical thinking by examining a series of exercises.
Student learning activities will include each lecture’s exercises, online quizzes, two laboratory experiments relative with fluid science and final examination.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment 1: Online Quizzes

Weighting towards final grade (2*5%): 10              

this task assesses the following learning outcomes:

PLO: 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.3

CLO: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9


Assessment 2: Mid-Semester Exam

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30   

this task assesses the following learning outcomes:

PLO: 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

CLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7


Assessment 3:   Final Exam

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40   

this task assesses the following learning outcomes:

PLO: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

CLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Assessment 4:   Lab Reports (2)

Weighting towards final grade (2*10%): 20            

this task assesses the following learning outcomes:

PLO: 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

CLO: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9