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ENAM12003 Engineering Fluids
Engineering Fluids
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General Information


This unit introduces you to key concepts and principles required to analyse problems involving engineering fluids. You will be able to explain how fluid properties relate to one another, apply principles of fluid statics, and analyse force and power associated with fluid flow. You will be able to analyse head loss and pump performance in pipe systems, select fluid machines for given applications, and analyse drag acting on bodies in fluid flow. You will be able to prepare technical and laboratory reports that demonstrate critical evaluation of results and experimental uncertainties.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MATH11160 Technology Mathematics.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student's feedback


Unit materials were well developed and very useful.


The practice will be continued in the next offering.

Feedback from Have your say


The lab activity needs to be issued earlier.


The laboratory activities will be posted by week 3 in Moodle.

Feedback from Student's feedback


Students suggested explaining some of the textbook problems in a discussion forum.


Some extra problems will be explained in a discussion forum or an extra zoom drop-in session will be organised if required.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic properties of fluids, and the relationship between different fluid properties
  2. Apply the fundamentals of fluid mechanics to investigate pressure, buoyancy and hydrostatic forces
  3. Analyse force and power associated with the fluid flow using the continuity, Bernoulli and impulse-momentum equations
  4. Analyse head loss in pipes, fittings and pipe systems, and determine pump performance (duty point) in piping systems
  5. Explain the characteristics of fluid machines and select machines suitable for given applications
  6. Determine drag forces acting on standard shaped objects in fluid flows
  7. Work autonomously and in teams to prepare reports using appropriate engineering language.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4I 5N 6I 7I)
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I)
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within the specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I)
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6N 7I)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I)
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I)
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5I 6N 7I)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 7I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7I)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N 7I)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4I 5I 6I 7I)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 7I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 7A)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Textbooks and Resources



Fluid Mechanics: Advanced Applications 1st (1997)

Authors: Kinsky, Roger
McGraw Hill
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 978-007470442-4
Binding: Hardcover

Thermodynamics and Fluids Mechanics - An Introduction 1st edn (1996)

Authors: Kinsky, Roger
McGraw Hill Book Co
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 978-007470238-3
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

No further information required.

IT Resources

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