DE5204 – Highway Engineering 1

Module code
Module title
Highway Engineering 1
To introduce the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices and road maintenance techniques, as well as the principles of drainage design.
  • EN1603
  • SC1101
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Outline and describe road infrastructure administration agencies, road transportation funding mechanisms and principles of route location.
2.Evaluate the properties and testing of road earthworks, pavement and wearing surface materials and demonstrate knowledge of road construction practice.
3.Demonstrate an understanding of the components, functions and design of surface and sub-surface drainage for roads.
4.Evaluate road maintenance solutions/techniques and develop a simple road maintenance strategy.
Overview of road infrastructure in NZ, State highways vs local roads, role and responsibilities of roading agencies in NZ, funding sources and mechanisms, principles of route location
Site establishment, road formation terminology, earthworks materials and -construction practice, sub grade preparation, sub grade improvement, pavement types and components, pavement materials and construction practice, Wearing surface types, wearing surface materials and construction practice
Surface run-off determination, surface and sub-surface drainage components and installation, culverts, environmental impact of storm water run-off from roads and construction sites
Modes of surface and pavement distress, failure modes, road condition monitoring, maintenance methods and strategies, life cycle, rehabilitation options, temporary traffic management requirements, safety
Assessment Criteria