ENAM12003 - Engineering Fluids

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback
Very positive comments on unit materials and lecturer
Maintain current study materials and teaching practices supported by students.
Action Taken
We followed the same practice in this offering.
Source: Student Feedback
Students ask for more lecture materials to make a balance of lectures and tutorials for this unit.
The curriculum should be spread between lectures and tutorials to assist students to learn.
Action Taken
We added more materials to this offering.
Source: Phone conversation and DataSmart
The quizzes need to be redesigned as some of the multi-choice answers were confusing
The quiz questions should be reviewed and refreshed to clarify multiple-choice options.
Action Taken
The quiz questions were reviewed in this offering.
Source: SUTE
The student commented that the group laboratory assessment needs to be improved.
The laboratory instruction manual should be updated and will also discuss more theories in relation to the laboratory activities in the Residential School to have better insight.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Students mentioned that the Lecturer was helpful and good.
The same practice should be followed in future offerings.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
A slightly decreased trend was observed in the 'Useful Knowledge/Skills' item from the student evaluation.
More useful study materials should be added to enhance students' knowledge in the subject area. The practice will continue in the future offering.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10