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CIVL2611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL2611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objective of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of basic fluid concepts for inviscid and incompressible fluids. Topics to be covered will include: basic fluid properties, hydrostatics, buoyancy, stability, pressure distribution in a fluid with rigid body motion, fluid dynamics, conservation of mass and momentum, dimensional analysis, open channel flow, and pipe flow.

This core unit of study together with CIVL3612 forms the basis for further studies in the applied areas of ocean, coastal and wind engineering and other elective fluid mechanics units which may be offered.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2201 AND (ENGG1802 OR CIVL1802) AND (MATH1001 OR MATH1021). Students are expected to have a strong understanding of fundamental physics, statics, equilibrium, forces, and dimensional analysis. Familiarity with simple calculus, partial differential equations, and the analytical and numerical solutions.
Lecturer/s: Associate Professor Lei, Chengwang
Tutor/s: To be appointed.
Timetable: CIVL2611 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 4
4 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: There will be weekly lectures (2 hours) followed by tutorials (2 hours). WileyPlus will be adopted as an online resource for self-learning and assignments. Each student is required to participate in all physical and virtual laboratory sessions and submit lab reports as per the requirements to be specified.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(4) Design (Level 2)
1. Use dimensional analysis for simplifying solutions of fluid mechanics problems and the design of experiments.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
2. Understand the principles of open channel flow and pipe flow.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. Understand the fundamental properties of fluids and how these influence fluid motion.
4. Calculate pressure forces on submerged and floating bodies in both stationary fluids and fluids moving in rigid body motion.
5. Understand the meaning of the conservation of mass and conservation of momentum in the context of fluids and use these concepts for calculating flow rates and forces on a solid body.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Multiple assignments No 9.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
2 Laboratory Reports No 13.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5,
3 Quizzes No 24.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5,
4 Final Exam No 54.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Assignments

Weekly assignments will be posted in WileyPLUS, and the students are required to complete the assignment by the specified deadline. In-class submissions are also collected during tutorials and are counted towards the Assignments result.

Lab reports

Two forms of Fluid Mechanics experiments, physical and virtual experiments, are offered. In total there are four experiments including one lab-based experiment and three computer-based virtual experiments. ALL THE EXPERIMENTS ARE COMPULSORY, and students must submit reports as per the specified requirements. The detailed schedules for the experiments are given in the Unit of Study Information Sheet, which is available in Canvas. The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments including lab reports.


Two quizzes (about an hour each) are scheduled during the semester. The schedule for the quizzes is available in the timetable. Students MUST attend the quizzes in the allocated sessions. Details about the formats and contents of the quizzes will be announced in the class and via email.

Final exam

There is a 2-hour examination at the end of the semester. The questions will be of a similar format to the questions in the tutorials, assignments and quizzes. The examination will be a closed book examination. A formulae sheet may be attached to the examination paper.

Statistically and educationally defensible methods may be used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.

Criteria for Passing

• Participation in the physical lab and at least 2 out of the 3 virtual labs;

• Achieving minimum 45% in at least one quiz;

• A final exam mark of at least 40%;

• An overall mark of at least 50%.

Students who do not meet all the criteria will not receive a ‘Pass’ grade in this unit of study, and regardless of their performance in individual components, will not receive a mark greater than 47%.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to fluid mechanics
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Fluid properties and pressure variation
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Forces on a submerged surface
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Buoyancy and stability
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Fluids in motion
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Bernoulli equation
Week 7 Other: Quiz 1
Lecture/Tutorial: Reynolds transport theorem and mass conservation
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Conservation of linear momentum
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Dimensional analysis
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Modelling and similitude
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Open channel flow
Week 12 Other: Quiz 2
Lecture/Tutorial: Flow in pipes
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) 2018, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) 2018, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 15%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 12.75%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 72.25%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.