Module Title:Road Design
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: The aims of this module are to provide the students with a knowledge of (1) the Civil 3D design package for the geometric layout design of roads and junctions; and (2) the bituminous materials used in road construction
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Prepare a geometric design of a section of road and junction using 3D road design software.
LO2 Select appropriate bituminous pavement structures for vehicle loading and specify appropriate testing for these materials.
LO3 Demonstrate appropriate presenting, written and visual communication skills including writing reports, presentations and preparing drawings using 3D road design software.
Pre-requisite learning
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Bachelor of Engineering (Ordinary) in Civil Engineering

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Geometric Design for Highways
(a) Geometric details of Roundabouts (b) Sign posting and road marking (c) Geometric parameters on design speed (d) Horizontal allignment (e) Vertical allignment (f) Geometric design project for a highway (g) Relevant excerpts from Transport Infrastrucure Ireland DMRB
Civil 3D
(a) Horizontal Alignment (b) Vertical Alignment (c) Assemblies (d) Corridors (e) Sample Lines (f) Cut and Fill Volume Calculations
Soil Engineering for Highway Design
(a) Soil characteristics (b) Basic engineering properties of soil (c) Classification of soils for highway construction (d) Soil compaction (e) Sub- base and road- base materials f) sustainable re use of materials in road construction
Materials in Pavement Design Part I
(a) Binder Types (b) Manufacture, storage and handling of bitumen (c) Constitution, structure and mechanical testing of bitumen (d) Bitumen emulsions and modified bitumen (e) Aggregate specifications (f) Composition and specification of bituminous paving material (g) Blended aggregates and mix design (h) Transport, laying and compaction (i) Recycled materials in road construction
Design of Flexible Pavements
(a) Structural Components (b) General principles (c) Foundation design (d) Pavement design using LL 1132 (Powell et al, 1984) (e) Pavement design using DMRB HD 25-26 charts (f) Traffic loading
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other End of Term Exam 1,2 20.00 Ongoing
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project Literature Review, Presentations etc 2,3 30.00 Sem 1 End
Project Geometric Road Design 1,3 50.00 Every Week
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab/Lecture Every Week 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 5 Mandatory