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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

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

Assumed Knowledge
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 (Hydraulics Lab Class) will take place in Bundoora East campus. This Hydraulics Lab will be for one class of 2-hr duration in the entire semester. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
BH080P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)
BH088CIH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity.
PLO 5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
PLO 7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) 
BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)(Honours)
BH088CIHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
2 Engineering Application Ability
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 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the behaviour of the water supply system in Melbourne
  2. Identify properties of fluids
  3. Define pressure in static and flowing fluids
  4. Define the control volume approach and continuity equation
  5. Calculate velocity and pressure by applying Euler’s and Bernoulli’s equations
  6. Find the forces exerted on objects by applying momentum equation
  7. Discuss the behaviour of real fluids
  8. Define the energy grade line and estimate energy losses in pipe flow
  9. Calculate the magnitudes of hydrostatic forces on surfaces
  10. Describe flow characteristics in open channels
  11. Calculate channel cross-sections using Chezy’s and Manning’s equations.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn the concepts and applications of water engineering and be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as tutorial classes and laboratory sessions. You will work both individually and collaboratively with your lecturer/tutors for betting understanding of the theories, designs, development, and applications. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.  

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course. Further, access to computers, simulation program and Hydraulics Laboratory resources will be provided during the course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

The course involves three assessment tasks which are designed aligning with the expected outcomes of the course. They include laboratory practical, semester-long assignment and the end of semester final assessment. Details of each assessment are given below.

Note that:

 ☒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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Lab class reports (Hydraulics Lab in Week 4 or 5 + Computer simulation lab in Week 10 or 11) (face-to-face / online)
Weighting  8% + 7%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5 (Hyd lab) and CLOs 7 & 8 (Comp lab).

Assessment Task 2: Semester-long Assignment (SLA) (online, 7 topic-wise submissions + Final Design Assignment (DA) report in Week 10)
Weighting 15% + 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 11.

Assessment 3: End of semester assignment (online, 24 hours)
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 11.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.