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CIV5704 Road and Street Engineering

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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Examiner: Soma Somasundaraswaran
Moderator: Trevor Drysdale


The road system in Australia varies from single lane unformed roads carrying low traffic volumes, to multi-lane roads carrying large volumes of traffic. Personnel involved with road engineering must understand the planning, design and construction, operation and maintenance of road facilities in order to provide a safe and convenient road network to the community.


This course introduces the principles of road and street engineering. The course develops the principles and techniques of road and street engineering to the post graduate level. Postgraduate development is concentrated in the areas of pavement materials, pavement design, pavement evaluation, traffic surveys and equipment, local area traffic management and intersection design; and some aspects of bituminous surfacing, road construction, traffic operation, traffic control measures and future of road transport.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the design of road pavement structures and surfacings;
  2. select and supervise the testing of pavement materials;
  3. supervise the construction of pavements and surfacings;
  4. evaluate the requirements for road rehabilitation and maintenance;
  5. organise the execution of, and critically analyse the data from, common traffic engineering studies;
  6. select and design appropriate traffic control measures, including the design of local area traffic management schemes;
  7. evaluate the effect of traffic incidents;
  8. conceptually design, and supervise the detailed geometric design of intersections;
  9. conceptually design, and supervise the detailed geometric design of parking facilities;
  10. conceptually design, and supervise the detailed geometric design of roads, streets and bicycleways.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Roads and Road Network Planning 8.00
2. Road Design 8.00
3. Intersection Design 8.00
4. Pavement Materials 8.00
5. Road Pavements and Surfacing 8.00
6. Road Construction 8.00
7. Road Condition Evaluation and Maintenance 8.00
8. Road Users 8.00
9. Road Traffic Operation 8.00
10. Traffic Surveys 8.00
11. Road Furniture 8.00
12. Traffic Management 8.00
13. The Future of Road Transport 4.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Austroads 2010, Austroads guide to road design, part 3: geometric design, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • Austroads 2012, Austroads guide to pavement technology: part 2: pavement structural design, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • Note: USQ students are able to access electronic copies for free if they log in through the USQ Library system to the Austroads website.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Austroads 2008, Guide to traffic management: part 8: local area traffic management, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • Austroads 2009, Austroads guide to pavement technology: part 3: pavement surfacings, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • Austroads 2009, Austroads guide to pavement technology: part 8: pavement construction, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • Austroads 2009, Guide to traffic management: part 12: traffic impacts of developments, Austroads Publications, Sydney, NSW.
  • National Bituminous Surfacing Research Group 2004, Sprayed sealing guide, Austroads, Sydney, NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 60.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 73.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 07 Oct 2014
DISCUSSION REPORT 200 20 20 Oct 2014 (see note 1)
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Discussion topics will commence from the first day of the semester.
  2. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students are required to participate in on-line discussion groups beginning in Week 1. Each student must submit required number of entries (postings) and a final report.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The examination in this course is a Restricted Examination. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.