Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Road Infrastructure 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Spatial Planning and Infrastructure

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides a basic understanding of the theory behind the planning and design of roads; as well as an introduction to the materials and methods applied in road construction. The student will learn about the principles of geometric road design, including the design of links and junctions; the design of storm-water systems and the incorporation of service utilities within the road cross-section. Furthermore, the student will be introduced to the principles of flexible pavement design; road construction material properties: namely those of soils, aggregates, bitumen and asphalt; asphalt production plants; road construction equipment and method of measurement for road works.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:

- Introduce the theory behind the planning and design aspects of road infrastructure;
- Introduce road construction materials and their contribution to the science of flexible pavement design;
- Describe methods of construction and the specific plant used in the construction of road infrastructure.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- Have a good understanding of sight distances, visibilities and design speeds;
- Have a good knowledge about horizontal and vertical alignments of roads, including gradients;
- Be able to understand the basic concepts behind the design of storm-water systems for the surface drainage of roads;
- Have a good knowledge about road construction material properties and the effects of traffic loading on the pavement performance;
- Have an understanding of best practice methods in road construction and be knowledgeable about the various plant and equipment in use;
- Have a basic understanding about the method of measurement for road works.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Assess the geometrical properties of links and junctions;
- Apply knowledge about capacities of links and junctions to the solution of different scenarios of vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
- Apply knowledge imparted in the lectures to be able to analyze particular site conditions and determine the use of appropriate materials and construction methods;
- Understand and interpret road construction contractual documentation including drawings, specifications and Bills of Quantities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- ICE Manual of highway design and management, Walsh, Ian D. (ed.), ICE Publishing, 2011.
- Highway Engineering, Rogers, Martin, Blackwell Publishing, 2nd ed.
- The Asphalt Handbook, Asphalt Institute, MS-4, 7th ed.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Open Book Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S John Demicoli
Odette Lewis

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