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DE5204 – Highway Engineering 1

Module code
Module title
Highway Engineering 1
To introduce the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices, principles of drainage design, and basic geometrical alignment of a road.
  • EN1603
  • SC1101
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Outline and describe road infrastructure administration agencies and principles of route location.
2. Evaluate the properties and testing of road earthworks, pavement and wearing surface materials, discuss road construction practice and pavement distress.
3. Evaluate the components, functions and design of surface and sub-surface drainage for roads.
4. Describe basic horizontal and vertical alignment of a road.
- Role and responsibilities of roading agencies in NZ.
- 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; types, cause and remedies of pavement distress.
- 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.
- Plan cross and longitudinal section design, and drawing of subdivision roading.
- Plan of subdivision intersections.
- CBR/Empirical pavement design of subdivision roading.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment 50%
Examination 50%

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