CIV4287 - Road engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Steve O'Hern (Clayton)
Dr Susilawati (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)






This unit introduces the fundamentals of road engineering theory and practice. It examines 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 pavements, with due consideration to relevant economic, social and environmental considerations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. design road geometry with due consideration to horizontal and vertical alignment, cross section profile, earthworks and cost implications
  2. assess different components of a road project, within the context of a safe systems approach to design, based on economic, social and environmental considerations
  3. design flexible and rigid road pavements giving consideration to economic, social and environmental factors.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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 pre-class online activities, 2 hours workshop and 8 hours of private study per week.

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