Course Title: Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Simon Watkins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B251 F03 R012

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the principles of fluid mechanics of mechanical systems. The focus is to illustrate practical engineering applications of these principles in relation to simple fluid systems. The learning approach is to apply engineering principles to performance analysis and prediction of simple fluid systems. This will provide a basis for understanding how performance can be improved. You will acquire an understanding of the essential theoretical basis of the fluid mechanic sciences and their application to a range of problems of relevance to practical engineering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains

Course Learning Outomces (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse and predict performance of idealised forms of fluid systems using fluid mechanics principles;
  2. Optimise real mechanical systems using corresponding idealised fluid system models.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, assignments, tutorials, laboratory experiments and online activities. The laboratory experiments will help you learn how to set up practical problems and how to interpret and interrogate data for the analysis process. Online learning, and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, details related to the laboratory experiments and references.

Overview of Assessment

X 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 Tasks

Tutorial Questions - 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 2

Lab Report - 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 2

Assignment - 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 2

End of Semester Quiz - 20% (timed on-line MCQs)
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 2