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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/06/2022 12:19:32

Title of Module: Hydraulics

Code: ENGG08012 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Shakun  Paudel

Summary of Module

This module is a core component of the programmatic BEng/BEng (Honours) degree in Civil Engineering and the programmatic BSc/BSc (Hons) Degree in Civil Engineering.

This module starts from the introduction to engineering physics in level 7 Applied Engineering Science and provides an overall theoretical background to hydrostatics and basics of hydrodynamics. There is a substantial part in laboratory activities, which will help students to understand the theoretical concepts and develop analytical and research skills through observation and analysis of laboratory results. This module complements the more applied module Water Resources Engineering (level 9).

The contents of the module are:

  • Hydrostatic pressure distribution, forces on submerged surfaces, pressure measurement
  • Basic equations of continuity, energy and momentum and their engineering applications
  • Pipe hydraulics: systems of pipes in series and parallel; major and minor head losses in pipes; use of tables and charts; forces on pipes and bends; measurement of flow in pipes
  • Open channel hydraulics: uniform flow, design of channels, rapidly varying flow, introduction to gradually varying flows, measurement of flow in open channel
  • Classification of hydraulic machines, pumps and their characteristic curves, introduction to turbines

The Graduate Attributes related to this module are:

  • Academic: Problem solver; innovative; critical thinker; knowledgeable; analytical
  • Personal: Reflective; motivated
  • Professional: Team worker; research oriented


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand and apply the principles of hydraulics to solve relevant civil engineering problems.

L2. Carry out the basic design of open channels and pipe systems

L3. Carry out the measurement of flow and head losses in pipes and open channels and communicate results in the form of laboratory reports.

L4. Carry out calculations in relation to rapidly varied flow and demonstrate a basic understanding of gradually varied flow.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

• Demonstrating a broad knowledge of the main areas of hydraulics (AHEP LO: SM1b)
• Demonstrating understanding of the energy, momentum and continuity equations (AHEP LOs: SM1b, SM2b)
• Demonstrating understanding of concepts such as head loss, momentum force, sub- and super-critical flow (AHEP LOs: SM1b, SM2b)
• Demonstrating some knowledge of the potential effects of climate change, importance of water and sustainable development (AHEP LO: EL4)

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

• Carrying out measurements of head, discharge and water velocity in pipes/channels in the laboratory and in the field, including the use of ultrasonic (AHEP LO: EA3b)
• Applying knowledge and understanding to simple professional level problems (AHEP LO: EA1b, D4)
• Conduct appropriate research to prepare the laboratory reports using technical literature and other citable sources of information (AHEP LO: P4)

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

• Using information gained from laboratory experiments in the solution of practical design problems (AHEP LO: P3)
• Critically evaluating the validity of laboratory experiments (AHEP LO: SM3b)

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

• Using and evaluating numerical and graphical data in the form of spreadsheets to demonstrate the results of laboratory and field experiments (AHEP LO: G1)
• Using spreadsheets to investigate the factors controlling flow in pipes and open channels (AHEP LO: G1)
• Using literacy and numeracy skills to convey complex information in the form of laboratory reports (AHEP LOs: G1, SM3b)

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

• Taking responsibility for the safety of other members of a group during experimental works (AHEP LO: EL6b)
• Working as a group to carry out laboratory experiments (AHEP LO: G1)
• Assisting another student during paired exercises (AHEP LO: G1)

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Other:Higher National level
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module includes lectures, tutorials, laboratories, and independent study. Independent study includes all study, learning, and processing undertaken by a student, outside of the scheduled lectures, tutorials, and laboratories.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

• Printed Notes
• Spreadsheets for pipe flow and open channel flow
• Tables of Pipe Flow

Extension Resources: Consultation of the under-noted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

• Understanding Hydraulics, Hamill, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd Edition, (2011)
• Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chadwick and Morfett, 5th Edition, (2013)
• British Standard BS3680 Measurement of Liquid Flow in Open Channels
• Practical Hydraulics, Kay, Routledge, 2nd Edition (2008).
• Civil Engineering Hydraulics, Nalluri, Wiley-Blackwell, 5th Edition (2009)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorDjamalddine Boumezerane
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE, & CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination (Due to Covid- 19 disruption adaptive assessment may replace the exam)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 6 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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