Fluid Waves

MEE80001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is to equip students with the ability to recognise, model and solve fluid wave problems. The systematic introduction of mathematical theory will be illustrated with examples from building acoustics, medical ultrasound and microfluidic engineering, and in environmental sciences such as oceanography and atmospheric physics.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe and apply the fundamentals of fluid wave physics (K1, K2, K3, K4, A2)
2. Derive the origins of wave behaviour in fluid systems (K1, K2)
3. Appreciate fluid wave physics in natural and engineered contexts (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, A2)
4. Quantify wave-physical phenomena in diverse natural and engineered contexts (K1, K2)
5. Analyse natural phenomena to contribute to new designs (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, A2)
6. Apply principles fluid-wave physics to predictions of environmental phenomena and design of engineering systems (K3, K4, S2, S3)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.