MG5012 – Highway Engineering

Module code
Module title
Highway Engineering
To introduce the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices, principles of drainage design, and basic geometrical alignment of a road.
  • EN1801
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
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; 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; 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.
• Horizontal and vertical alignment of a road.