Course Title: Water Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Water Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Muhammed Bhuiyan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259014

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A basic knowledge of statics and dynamics

Course Description

The course introduces fundamental principles of fluid behaviour to derive the essential equations used in hydraulic design. These principles cover both static and dynamic behaviour of fluids and the loss of energy in real systems due to friction and others. The course aims to establish basic tools and methodologies for carrying out fluid mechanic and hydraulic analyses of simple water resources engineering systems.

Whilst CIVE1181, Water Engineering is based in the City Campus, laboratory work will take place in Bundoora East campus from semester 2, 2015 onwards. Please consult with your course coordinator for more information

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course specifically addresses the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Upon successful completion of this topic, you will also be able to:
- Discuss the behaviour of the water supply system in Melbourne
- Identify properties of fluids
- Define pressure in static and flowing fluids
- Define the control volume approach and continuity equation
- Calculate velocity and pressure by applying Euler’s and Bernoulli’s equations
- Find the forces exerted on objects by applying momentum equation
- Discuss the behaviour of real fluid
- Define the energy grade line and estimate energy losses in pipe flow
- Calculate the magnitudes of hydrostatic forces on surfaces
- Describe flow characteristics in open channels
- Calculate channel cross sections using Chezy’s and Manning’s equations.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, self-directed learning, tutorials, group discussions, laboratory classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Any Fluid Mechanics text book in the library. Additional resources will be provided on myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks may include: tutorial group quizzes, group project/s and a final examination.