Hydraulics Applications

Subject 421-489 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-eight hours of lectures and practice classes.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 421-305 Engineering Hydraulics 1, 421-316 Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Roger Hughes
Subject Overview:

The subject will be delivered by one of Australia's leading hydraulics consultants with a strong emphasis on projects in coastal engineering. A number of engineering projects will be selected for detailed analysis. This subject is specifically designed for those interested in hydraulics consultancy.

Background hydrodynamics theory including water surface-wave mechanics will be presented as required. Other topics covered in the discussion of specific projects will include: literal drift of sand along the coastline; the natural frequencies of harbour oscillations; and wave forces on structures. General background material relating to tsunamis generation, the origins of El Nino and the behaviour of the ocean in an enhanced "greenhouse" environment will also be discussed.

Assessment: One 3-hour end-of-semester examination (100%) but small tests and exercises will be given during the semester to indicate student progress.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development

  • capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

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