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Road Engineering

2014 unit code: CVE20005 (formerly HES2136)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours54 hours
CampusHawthorn, Sarawak

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to provide you with an understanding of the objectives, principles and processes of road geometric design, construction and testing of relevant materials properties.
 After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Identify objectives and principles of road geometric design and how to address them through proper selection of design inputs. (K1, S1, S2)
2. Apply current guidelines in the design of road geometric elements using hand calculations and relevant software. (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3)
3. Appreciate and apply the principles of sustainable road design and construction practices. (K3, S1)
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how moisture and material properties affect pavement performance. (K3)
5. Safely execute experiments, analyse and interpret results and errors and formulate conclusions as part of a team. (K2, S1, A7)
6. Generate high quality reports as part of a team. (A2, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching methods

Lectures (24 hours), Tutorials (14 hours), Laboratory Work (14 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment




50% - 80%



5% - 10%



0% - 7.5%

Laboratory Reports


0% - 2.5%

Project Reports


15% - 20%


Individual / Group

0% - 10%


  • Objectives of geometric road design and design inputs
  • Road cross-section elements and drainage structures
  • Design of horizontal alignment
  • Design of vertical alignment and calculations of earthworks
  • Coordination of alignments and checking for overtaking opportunity
  • Motorcycle issues in road design, construction and maintenance
  • Road construction sequence and sustainability in construction
  • Earthworks equipment and calculation of equipment output
  • Compaction theory and stabilisation
  • Properties and testing of road construction materials

Reading materials

Austroads. (2006-2009). Guide to Road Design, Parts 1 - 8. (Available electronically via the library)
Das B. M. (2006). Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, Canada, Neilson.
Garber, N. J. & Hoel, L. A. (2002). Traffic & Highway Engineering. Brooks/Cole.

Text books

Subject notes posted on Blackboard