Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Engineering Hydraulics 3 ENG3085

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the principles of hydraulics and aspects of hydraulic modelling including the fundamentals of flow in open channels and pipe networks. The classification of flow criteria and the application of the conservation laws of mass and energy are described, together with their empirical approximations and relevance to the practice of engineering hydraulics. Students are introduced to a comprehensive understanding of hydraulic theory and encouraged to develop their engineering intuition and critical thinking skills through laboratory demonstrations and the design of sustainable water engineering solutions.


2 lectures per week, with additional tutorials. There is also a compulsory hydraulic lab demonstration.

Excluded Courses





80% Written Exam

10% Written Assignment (Lab reports)

10% Set Exercise (Quizzes)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

■ to introduce the fundamentals of engineering hydraulics, open channel flow and pipe flow 

■ to be able to apply this knowledge in sustainable hydraulic engineering design practice

■ to solve hydraulic numerical and practical problems

■ to gain an understanding of the design and operation of reservoir systems

■ to gain awareness of how hydraulic engineering can be used to design sustainable flood protection schemes that incorporate biodiversity improvements and climate change scenarios

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ classify flows using non-dimensional parameters

■ calculate average flow parameters (depth, discharge) for uniform open channel flows

■ apply conservation laws (momentum) for non-uniform open channel flows

■ analyse flow through simple and complex pipe systems 

■ perform hydraulic lab experiments to measure flow characteristics and accurately report on laboratory data

■ design hydraulic engineering systems such as reservoirs and flood schemes with an awareness of sustainable practices, for example, designing spillways for carbon-zero hydroelectric energy generation schemes

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled classes and lab sessions.


Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.