Hydraulics 1

Course code ENV2103

This course provides the introduction to problems encountered by hydraulic engineers. The course seeks to provide grounding in fluid statics, steady uniform and non-uniform incompressible flow in pipelines and channels, pumped systems, culvert hydraulics and flow measurement.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 27 Jan 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • describe the relevant properties of fluids;
  • calculate pressures and forces on floating and immersed bodies;
  • undertake simple stability analyses for small gravity dams or weirs;
  • determine the rolling stability of a prismatic floating body;
  • analyse and design simple pipelines for steady flow;
  • select a pump to meet a specified duty;
  • match a pump to a pipeline system and determine the operating point of a pump;
  • analyse pump and pipeline systems involving single and multiple pumps;
  • solve simple steady uniform and nonuniform open channel flow problems;
  • design rigid boundary channels;
  • classify gradually varied flow profiles;
  • apply the concepts of specific energy and specific force in open channel flow;
  • design pipe and box culverts;
  • estimate the headdischarge relationship for common flow measuring devices.

Other requirements

To complete this course you will require a scientific calculator which is nonprogrammable, that does not hold textual information and cannot display graphs.


30% internally assessed

70% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.