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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE2550 Highway Engineering

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Yue Huang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers Highway Engineering process including planning and route location, geometric design and structural design, construction, condition monitoring, and maintenance.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

- Establish a sound understanding of highway engineering process;
- Facilitate acquisition of key knowledge in highway planning, design, construction and maintenance;
- Develop students' ability to apply knowledge to practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the function of different road types in the highway network;
2. Design a highway considering land use and geometric characteristics;
3. Assess appropriate pavement and drainage options according to highway conditions and design purpose;
4. Under the process of highway construction and maintenance.


- Highway planning process
- Hierarchy and functionality of highways
- Principles of route location
- Design speeds and speed limits
- Road geometry including horizontal and vertical alignments
- Pavement design and materials, including maintenance
- Highways construction and maintenance

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Sufficient effort is expected for further reading after each lecture, as well as for seeking relevant literature and collating evidence across a range of sources for completing the coursework. Support to private study will be offered by face-to-face discussions, as well as by VLE forums.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' learning progress will be monitored by in-class responses and the coursework process. Students will be fully supported during the process of completing their coursework via a variety of channels including physical discussions as well as virtual environment (e.g. VLE forums, e-mails etc). Feedback on coursework performance will be provided assisting the students to understand weakness in the submitted work and suggesting ways that work can be improved.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectGeometric design report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Re-sit - 100% online time-limited assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Re-sit - 100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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