CIVL2131 – Fluid Mechanics for Civil & Environmental Engineers47.6
I agree with most students that this is the hardest course for civil engineers. First of all, the maths and problem solving questions were extremely confusing and difficult. Not only this, the theory was also difficult and was heavily examined in the final exam. Lecture notes were not done very well. They were not detailed and there were not many explanations to the proofs. Hence, this is why you have to go to lectures and read the textbook to understand the proofs. Tutors were not helpful and as a consequence, the only choice to get help was from my classmates.
To do well in this course, i highly recommend you to do as many problems as possible. Practice is the key to finishing this course. Do as many questions from the textbook as I have found them very helpful to understand everything. The tutorials are very difficult but are still strongly recommended for exam study. Lecture notes have some past exams questions and all of the lab questions in the notes are very useful to answer the lab questions in the exam and during lab pracs. In summary, do as many problems and note that the textbook questions should be your first priority as Dave have always said that the exams questions come directly from the textbook.
Only a few exam questions stay the same every year and as a result, you will expect the unexpected.
CIVL2131 – Fluid Mechanics for Civil & Environmental Engineers30.0
This is probably one of the most difficult course you'll undertake in civil engineering. The textbook is an absolute must, as you'll need it for the final exam as well as understanding the concepts. The lecture notes, i found, were horribly done and did not assist me much. This made lecture attendance not really necessary, and i found that watching the lecture recording was a better approach.
For revision in the final, David would suggest studying the questions from the back of the textbook, however, the number of questions in the textbook makes it impractical, and so the best approach to revision I found was:
- Go through textbook example questions (They are explained in great detail, and helps a lot in understanding the tutorial questions)
-Do the tutorial questions
-Do past papers
*The past papers are vastly different to tutorial questions, but don't freak out, David is a very lenient marker and if you can do the tutorial questions, you should be fine.
David mentioned that this course has a 25% fail rate, so good luck.
CIVL2131 – Fluid Mechanics for Civil & Environmental Engineers64.2
Fluid mechanics is the first hydraulic engineering subject civil students take. The content is difficult and often hard to conceptualize on first instance but retrospectively interesting to some. Dave puts great emphasis on understanding and for some reason mathematics. Problems are often mathematically difficult with use of complex integration common. The course is commonly referred to as one of the most difficult core subjects.
The assessment is divided in to weekly tutorials, practical reports and a heavily weighted final exam. The weekly tutorials provide an indicator of the difficulty of the final exam and practical reports are also challenging although most marks are awarded for showing up and handing the report in. Previous exams help in preparation for the final although questions are typically not duplicated and understanding of the concepts is essential for a strong mark. The final exam is also open book and students can bring any materials. The sup exam is mostly the same exam with numbers changed.
The lectures slides are all typed out with examples also done in MS word leading to working steps skipped in order to save time typing. The lectures are used to explain the gaps in the notes however reading the (essential for passing) textbook first is advised.