Module Title:Highway and Traffic Eng II
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Project Work Private Study
Module Aim: To assess that students have a comprehensive understanding of: (1) the design and construction of pavements (2) the requirements for scheme appraisals for road projects (3) the maintenance and management of roads in Ireland. (4) health and safety considerations in road projects and road maintenance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Model road networks and use mathematical modelling techniques to predict future traffic flow on the network.
LO2 Appraise highway projects using multiple criteria e.g. cost, environmental etc.
LO3 Design pavement structures and detail the construction processes and construction issues for pavements.
LO4 Outline road maintenance programmes used by TII and Local Authorities.
LO5 Appraise the health and safety and traffic management implications for roads projects.
Pre-requisite learning
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Highway & Traffic Engineering I

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Predicting Future Traffic Flow
Mathematical Models (a) (i) Trip Generation Model (ii) Gravity Model (iii) Growth Factor Model (iv) Furness Model (v) Trib Distribution Model (vi) Modal Split Model (vii) Traffic Assignment Model (b) Applications of the modelling process to a road network
Evaluating Transportation Alternatives
(a) Basic elements of transportation planning (b) Basic issues in evaluation (c) Evaluation based on economic criteria (d) Evaluation based on multiple criteria
Appraisal of Roads Projects
(a) Economic Appraisal of Road Schemes (b) Cost Benefit Analysis – discount rate, Discounted Costs, Discounted Benefits, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Residual Value, Payback Analysis (c) Environmental Appraisal of Road Schemes
Design of Pavements Part II
(a) Types of pavements (b) Specifying materials used in pavements and reuse of materials (c) Pavement Construction (d) Thickness design of pavements using: TII DMRB
Performance Testing of Road Pavements and Pavement Maintenance
Pavement Distress (a) Structural Performance (FWD, Deflectograph, Deflection Beams) (b) Visual Condition (PCI, Digital Video, PSCI) (c) Skid Resistance - Microtexture (Scrim, PSV, Griptester) Skid Resistance Macrotester (Patch Test, Laser Measurement) (d) Ride Quality/Roughness (IRI, RSP) (e) Overlay Design (f) Surface Dressing Design
Health and Safety for Road Projects
(a) Legal requirements (b) Health and Safety duties/responsibilities/liabilities of Client, PSDP, PSCP and others on roads projects (c) Road Safety Audits (d) Temporary road works design
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other End of term exams 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 96.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 8 Mandatory