Introduction to Water Engineering - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - 3 Hours (50%) , Participation - Continuous Assessment (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The aim of this unit is to provide a basic understanding of water flows, with particular application to incompressible flow through pipes. The main goal is to introduce the student to the main principles governing fluid flow: continuity of mass and momentum, and energy loss through friction.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply principles of hydrostatics and buoyancy, pressure measurement and the resultant forces on submerged objects
  2. apply the continuity of mass, momentum and energy to solve steady flow and flow measurement problems
  3. determine flow in single and branched pipe systems with major and minor head losses
  4. apply principles of fluid flow in more complex scenarios (some of which require subjective judgement), including flow under varying head conditions (i.e. reservoir emptying time), open channel flow, and pump selection
  5. use higher-level mathematical problem-solving methods (including iterative solutions with multiple unknowns, approximate integration and dimensional analysis) to fluid flow problems.
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 Hours (50%)
  • Participation — Continuous Assessment (10%)
  • Quizzes — 4 x 2.5% ea- Calculation based (10%)
  • Report — Practical x 4- 750 Words Each (30%)
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Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Pressure measurement
3Stability of floating bodies
4Fluids in motion
5Flow measurement
6Flow through pipes
7Flow under varying head
8Critical flow (open channel)
9Hydraulic structures
10Dimensional analysis
11Pumps and turbines

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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