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We are aiming for an incremental return to campus in accordance with guidelines provided by NSW Health and the Australian Government. Until this time, learning activities and assessments will be planned and scheduled for online delivery where possible, and unit-specific details about face-to-face teaching will be provided on Canvas as the opportunities for face-to-face learning become clear.

Unit of study_

CIVL2611: Introductory Fluid Mechanics

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.

Details

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL2611
Unit name Introductory Fluid Mechanics
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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CIVL2201 AND (CIVL1802 or ENGG1802) 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.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Chengwang Lei, chengwang.lei@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Chengwang Lei , chengwang.lei@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam hurdle task Final Exam
A two-hour open book exam to be scheduled in the formal exam period
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Lab Reports
Three computer-based virtual laboratory experiments
18% Multiple weeks To be specified individually
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Small test Quiz 1
Online quiz taking place in a timetabled session
15% Week 06 TBA - Up to 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Small test Quiz 2
Online quiz taking place in a timetabled session
15% Week 11 TBA - Up to 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment In-class submission
Answers to short questions will be collected in tutorial classes
3% Weekly In tutorial classes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment WileyPLUS Assignments
Weekly online assignments on WileyPLUS platform accessible via Canvas
9% Weekly Up to 1 week for each assignment
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

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 these are counted towards the assignments result.

Lab reports: In total three computer-based virtual laboratory experiments are offered. ALL THE EXPERIMENTS ARE COMPULSORY, and students must submit reports as per the specified requirements.

Quizzes: Two quizzes are scheduled during the semester. Students MUST attend the quizzes in the allocated sessions. Details about the formats and contents of the quizzes will be announced in class and via email.

Final exam: The questions will be of a similar format to the questions in the quizzes. The examination will be an open-book examination.

Further details for each assessment are available in Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to fluid mechanics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1
Week 02 Fluid properties and pressure variation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1
Week 03 Forces on a submerged surface Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2
Week 04 Buoyancy and stability Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2
Week 05 Fluids in motion Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2
Week 06 Bernoulli equation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3
Week 07 Dimensional analysis Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4
Week 08 Modelling and similitude Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4
Week 09 Reynolds transport theorem and mass conservation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5
Week 10 Conservation of linear momentum Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5
Week 11 Open channel flow Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6
Week 12 Flow in pipes Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Study commitment: 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 laboratory sessions and submit lab reports as per the requirements to be specified.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

The details of the prescribed textbook are given below:

Title: Fluid Mechanics (7th ed., SI Version 2014)

Authors: Bruce R. Munson, Theodore H. Okiishi, Wade W. Huebsch, Alric P. Rothmayer

ISBN: 978-1-118-92713-7

Publisher: Wiley

e-Text option is available at http://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/fluid-mechanics-7th-edition-si-version/.

Non-SI versions or other editions of the textbook may also be used. The SciTech Library has a good collection of resources related to Fluid Mechanics including many textbooks and other reference materials. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the fundamental properties of fluids and how they influence fluid motion
  • LO2. Be able to calculate pressure forces on submerged and floating bodies in both stationary fluids and fluids moving in rigid body motion
  • LO3. Understand the physical meaning and limitations of Bernoulli Theorem and be able to apply the theorem to a range of fluid flow problems.
  • LO4. Be able to apply dimensional analysis principle to simplify solutions of fluid mechanics problems and the design of experiments
  • LO5. Understand the principles of mass and momentum conservations in the context of fluid flows and be able to use these concepts for calculations.
  • LO6. Understand the fundamentals of open channel flow and pipe flow

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
The schedule of the various topics has been adjusted so that the assessments are evenly distributed over the entire semester.

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