|Unit Name||Road Design|
|Unit History||Previously BCS304S|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester|
Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
Duration 3 years
|Unit Creator / Reviewer||Dr Ana Evangelista|
Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)
|Mode of Delivery||Online or on-campus.|
|Unit Workload||(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours
Unit Description and General Aims
The aim in presenting this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the theory, principles, and techniques of road design in the context of traffic engineering, with a particular emphasis on road geometry, road construction, and materials. This unit will serve to synthesize much of the subject-matter covered in previous units and apply the student's knowledge to road design scenarios.
The subject matter covered in this unit will include road planning, traffic engineering, particularly on flow theory; materials and pavement, road geometry, and the related civil construction works including roadworks, drainage, plant and explosives, and earthworks.
An important component of the unit is a team road design project which is a problem-based collaborative learning strategy.
At the conclusion of this unit, students will have been imparted with the requisite knowledge to undertake road design and planning and site supervision.
- Recognize and prioritize factors involved in the planning of the roads and relate this to traffic flow theory.
Bloom's Level 2
- Evaluate the operational performance of a road (road capacity) by critically analyzing the often observed traffic flow parameters.
Bloom's Level 5
- Adapt road engineering theories and principles to produce effective road design geometry.
Bloom's Level 6
- Categorize and prioritize the properties of alternative road materials to justify their selection in specific scenarios.
Bloom's Level 4
- Propose drainage and pavement systems and design and critique appropriate systems for roadworks and earthworks actions.
Bloom's Level 6
- Communicate and perform effectively on an example road design project by contributing to the production and justification of a report and presentation.
Bloom's Level 3
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting (% of total unit marks)||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
Type: Weekly Quizzes
Topics: 2 to Topic 11
Type: Test (Invigilated)
Description: Students will need to answer some short and/or long answer questions and/or solve some simple numerical problems.
|Due after Topic 6||20%||2, 3|
Type: Practical (Report)
Description: Students may complete a practical assessment based on problems to solve or practical project to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.
|Due after Topic 9||20%||4, 5, 6|
Type: Exam (Invigilated)
Description: An examination with a mix of MCQs, theoretical short/detailed answer questions, and engineering problems.
|Final Week||40%||1 to 6|
Tutorial Attendance & Participation
Description: Attendance, presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.
|Continuous||5%||1 to 6|
Overall requirements: Students must achieve a result of 40% or above in the exam itself to pass the exam, and must pass the exam to be able to pass the unit. An overall final unit score of 50% or above must be achieved to pass the unit assessment.
Prescribed and Recommended Readings
- Austroads, Guide to Road Design: Set - Part 1 - 8, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
- Department of Transport & Main Roads - Road Planning and Design Manual, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Chapters 1-5, 13, 14, 18 & 19.
- Underwood, R. T. 1995, Road engineering practice, South Melbourne: Macmillan Education Australia.
- Austroads, Guide to Pavement Technology Part 5: Pavement Evaluation and Treatment Design, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
- Garber, NJ & Hoel LA 2009, Traffic and Highway Engineering, SI edition, 4th Edition, Cengage Learning, Stamford, USA.
- Guide to Traffic Management: https://austroads.com.au/network-operations/network-management/guide-to-traffic-management
- Roess, RP., Prassas, E.S and McShane, W.R 2011, Traffic Engineering, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall.
- The Purpose of Roads
- Basic Elements of a Road
- The Development of Roads in Australia
- Basic Considerations
- Road Classification
- The Basic Transport Planning Process
- Specific Corridor Studies
- Community Participation
- Environment Assessment
- Planning Scheme Reservations
- Road-user Characteristics
- Vehicle Characteristics
- Traffic Characteristics
- Traffic Noise
- Air Pollution
- Traffic Studies
Geometric Design Principles
- Design Speed
- Cross-section Elements
- Sight Distance
- Horizontal Alignment
- Vertical Alignment
- At-grade Intersections
- Grade Separations and Interchanges
Geometric Design Practice
- Undivided Rural Roads
- Undivided Urban Roads
- Divided Rural Roads
- Divided Urban Roads
- Concepts of Capacity
- Basic Definitions
- Two-lane Rural Roads
- Multi-lane Rural Roads
- Un-signalised Intersections
- Signalised Intersections
- Urban Roads
- Naturally Occurring Materials
- Crushed Rock
- Bituminous Materials
Flexible Pavements and Rigid Pavements
- Elements of Flexible Pavements
- Types of Flexible Pavements
- Design of Flexible Pavements
- Construction of Flexible Pavements
- Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Pavements
- Stabilisation of Pavements and Subgrades
- Recycling of Pavement Materials
- Tests on road sub-base and finish (such as the California BearingRatio (CBR))
- Top durability and consistency
- Elements of Rigid Pavements
- Types of Rigid Pavement
- Factors used in Thickness Determination
- Reinforcement Design Procedures
Roadworks, Plant, and Explosives
- Basic Types of Plant
- Considerations Relating to the Use of Plant
- Preparation for Earthworks
- Cutting (or Excavation)
- Filling (or Embankment)
- Stability of Slopes and Batters
- Earthworks Calculations
- Maintenance of the Natural Flow of Water
- Collection of Surface Water on the Road Reserve
- Control of Moisture in Roads
In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of students’ work and to clarify any outstanding issues.
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