Course Title: Fluid Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fluid Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

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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


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


520T Future Technologies


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 57 Level 5 Contact Reception

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 Fundamental Fluid Mechanics principles  to  simple fluid systems. It provides you with guidelines to perform laboratory experiments, to relate your findings to standard values or established relationships, and to present them in a technical report. The unit covers the areas of Fluid Statics and Fluid Dynamics.

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 hydrostatic forces calculation on submerged plane and curved surfaces
5. Perform calculations for fluid flow through pipes and ducts
6. Determine the head loss in pipes and fittings in a network
7. Determine the flow rate through an open channel
8. Calculate the forces exerted by flowing fluids
9. Perform calculations on a fluid circuit that includes a pump or turbine

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, and laboratory activities.
During lectures you will be introduced to Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals, and applications in Civil Engineering.
Throughout the tutorials you will be encouraged to carry out problem solving activities in team and individually.
The laboratory activities are intended to enhance your learning experience by exposing you to fluid flow measurement devices and laboratory equipment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are published on a weekly basis on the CANVAS.  The CANAS is accessible through myRMIT.  A list of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. Software packages such as FluidFlow and WaterGEMS will be made available for your perusal.

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: Team Reflective Journal
Weighting towards final grade (3% & 7%): 10
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO: 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.3
CLO: 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9

Assessment 2: Class Test
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

Assessment 3: End of Semester Test
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,  5, 6, 9

Assessment 4: Lab Activity
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20
Participation in the lab activity is mandatory. 
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO: 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
CLO: 2, 7,8