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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof J Walker


Engineering issues associated with water supply are covered including water supply components, water quality requirements and treatment processes. Fundamental physical properties of water are introduced together with water flow in pipes as part of a water supply system. The basic equations of continuity, momentum and energy conservation are introduced and friction and minor losses are considered in simple pipe systems. Operation and selection of pumps and hydrostatics and pressure transients are covered. Flow in open channels is introduced with application to waterways, aqueducts and pipes flowing partly full. Applications include design of spillways and culverts.


  • understand the principles involved in analysing water flow in closed and open conduits
  • understand the principles involved in designing a water supply system
  • understand the issues involved in water supply, demand and delivery
  • understand the need for adequate data collection relating to channels and pipes for determining flows and water levels
  • be able to describe the main components of a water supply system
  • be able to describe water quality issues and testing requirements in water supply
  • be able to apply fundamental principles of continuity, momentum and energy conservation in open and closed conduits
  • be able to determine the size of pipe, or open channel, required for a given flow and head loss
  • be able to determine flow profiles in open channels
  • be able to determine a suitable pump for a flow and pumping head
  • be able to work in a group to undertake projects 12. be able to write an engineering report on their project work.


One assignment: 20%
Three laboratory reports: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
To achieve a pass in the unit students must pass both the examination and cumulative assessment component.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week