CIV5306 - Road safety engineering - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Mr Keith Midson

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The unit will explore the fundamentals and role of road safety engineering theory and practice. An appreciation of the design of traffic elements on the road network and a rigorous detective approach to investigating road crash data will be developed. Participants will learn applied skills to find road crash data and analyse it to determine the nature and extent of road crash problems at any given site. An ability to translate road crash data into meaningful information, determine counter measure options from thorough analysis of information and prioritise and evaluate counter measure implementation programs will be cultivated.


The objectives of the unit are to gain a clear understanding of:

  • why road safety is important, how we can achieve improvements and who is doing the work;
  • the multidisciplinary nature of road safety and why we need to use a combination of engineering, education and enforcement to be successful;
  • the behaviour of road users and ways in which the road environment can be designed/improved to cater for their needs;
  • the complexity of the human/vehicle/road system and how the interrelationships work to influence the level of safety;
  • what are the legal responsibilities of road authorities and decision makers and how they can fulfil them;
  • how to undertake accident investigations;
  • how to collect accident data and what to look for in quality data;
  • how to analyse accident data, turn it into information and develop cost effective, practical counter measures;
  • what needs to be done after treating a site and how to do it; and
  • how to be proactive in preventing accidents before they occur


Continuous Assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

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

150 hours study

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