CIV3283 - Road engineering - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Brendan Pender (Clayton)

Dr Xu Yang (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Introduce fundamentals and role of road engineering theory and practice. Examine a number of issues related to the planning, design and construction of roads, including: road planning, the road traffic environment, road design issues, road construction and road environmental safety.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Apply traffic engineering knowledge and prepare forecasts of future demand.
  2. Design the geometry of roads that includes design of horizontal alignment, vertical alignment and cross sections.
  3. Assess earthworks and associated costs in a road project.
  4. Appraise different alternatives of a project that includes economic, social and environmental comparison.
  5. Generate a detailed report including recommendations.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lecture, 2 hours practical and 8 hours private study per week.

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