Fluid Waves

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

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 (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.