Available in 2017

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Presents the methods and underlying principles for the design and control of the elements of road and railway infrastructure. Students also become familiar with transportation system terminology, flow analysis, driver, vehicle and road characteristics, and aspects of road geometrics, road construction, drainage, pavements and maintenance.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce the basic concepts of transportation and present how to apply them in civil engineering practice.

2. Introduce the terminology of the highway and railway transportation industries.

3. Present the concepts associated with the geometric and structural design of highway and railway engineering systems.

4. Explain the basic service requirements of highway and detail the procedure to conduct level of service analysis.


  1. Institutional structures.
  2. Design criteria for highways and railways.
  3. Geometric design for highways and railways, including cross sections, horizontal and vertical alignments, super-elevation and earthworks.
  4. Structural design of railways and pavements.
  5. Failures, maintenance and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure.
  6. Traffic flow and analysis of roads including queuing analysis and level of service assessment.

Assumed knowledge

GENG1001, MATH1110 and MATH1120.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1 - Road design and level of service

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2 - Pavement design

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term