Courses & Units

Fluid Mechanics 1 ENG313


This unit develops students’ conceptual knowledge of fluid mechanics and their ability to solve complex problems in fluid mechanics. The governing equations in integral form are explored and applied to a range of practical problems including boundary layers, pipe flows, pump-machine systems, open channel flows, hydraulic jumps, pumps, and turbines. Learning of theory and problem solving skills is applied in a practical design project. Hands-on learning in laboratory work is used to reinforce key concepts and develop written communication skills.


Unit name Fluid Mechanics 1
Unit code ENG313
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Associate Professor Alan Henderson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain fluid mechanics theory and concepts.
  • Solve fluid mechanics problems involving flow over bodies, open channel flows and turbomachinery using established control volume methods.
  • Critically interpret fluid mechanics results through application of theoretical and experimental methods.
  • Design a basic fluidic system for an engineering project.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
030701 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weeks 1-9: Equivalent of 3 hours pre-recorded lectures each week and  a 2 hour face-to-face weekly tutorial

Weeks 10-12: Weekly design project workshop

3 Laboratory experiments during semester 

AssessmentOnline Quiz (10%)|In-Class Tests x 3 (15%)|Laboratory Reports (15%)|Design of a fluid system (20%)|Final Examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Cengel and Cimbala, Fluid Mechanics. Fundamentals and Applications, Fourth Edition in SI units, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2019

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