Course Title: Design road and railway

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: CIVE5710C

Course Title: Design road and railway

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

William Ntuwah
+61 3 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design and set out basic roads, railways and associated engineering structures. It requires the ability to undertake all aspects of survey design from understanding client and registered surveyor requirements and the special characteristics of a given site, to applying relevant legal and statutory requirements to the design. The selection of appropriate equipment and procedures is essential to performing the task safely and efficiently. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5026A Design road and railway


1 Organise resources.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Characteristics of the operating environment and any
special equipment or resource requirements are
identified according to organisational guidelines.
1.2 Equipment is checked to be in good working order.
1.3 Manufacturer specifications with regard to the use
of equipment are complied with.


2 Follow specifications to design roads and railways.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Objectives, principal work activities and constraints
are defined and documented according to written
survey specifications and client requirements.
2.2 Objectives and principal work activities are
communicated to relevant personnel.
2.3 Details of instruments and basic techniques to be
used are considered and evaluated.
2.4 Road or railway type is determined according to


3 Conduct the design of a road or railway.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate calculations are conducted according to
design type.
3.2 Calculations are placed into a design plan.
3.3 Natural surface terrain model is developed according
to design type.
3.4 Vertical alignment is designed according to design
3.5 Plot design, natural surface cross-section and long
section plots are designed according to design type.
3.6 Report is generated on set out information.
3.7 Existing plans are edited.
3.8 Correct OHS procedures are observed throughout
the process.
3.9 Pertinent legislative requirements and legal and
statutory standards are considered and adhered to.


4 Discuss design report with work team.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Feedback on surveying data components provided
by team members is discussed and acted upon
according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
road and railway design requirements.


5 Complete project to clients’ requirements.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Completed work is checked against clients’
requirements according to the specifications.
5.2 Required documentation is completed according to
organisational guidelines.
5.3 Relevant personnel are informed of the results
according to organisational guidelines.
5.4 Survey data is archived according to project

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion, 
group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Surveying area.

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.


 Week No Topic deliveredAssessment/Tasks
 1 Grid Levelling &Contouring 
 2 Volume from spot heights 
 3 Trig heighting & Feature survey 
 4Horizontal Circular curves 
 5 Horizontal Circular curves 
 6Setting Out Hz Circular curves
Craigieburg Bypass Ring Road
(Vic Roads design of Hume Highway)
 7 Horizontal Circular Curve Assignment 1
 8 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 9 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 10 Vertical Curves 
 11 Vertical Curves 
 12 Vertical Curves 
 13Cross sectional area & Volume Assignment 2
 14 Cross sectional area & Volume 
 15 Revision 
 16Test TEST
 17 Portfolio submission 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Reference Texts:  

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold. Engineering Surveying, SchofieldnW. Surveying for Engineers, J. Uren and W.F. Price


Web Resources: - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National

Other Resources

Refer to:


Engineering Surveying [electronic resource] Schofield, W.: 6th ed.: Burlington : Elsevier, 2007.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
3 print copies at 526.9 S367 Carlton Library

New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice [electronic resource] Main Author: Cartlidge, Duncan
2nd ed. Burlington : Elsevier, 2006.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
1 print copy at 692.5 C327 Carlton Library

Print books:

Advanced engineering surveying: problems and solutions / Shepherd, F. A.: London : Edward Arnold, 1981.
Swanston Library 526.902462 S548 3 copies
(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1981) and it seems to be out of print)

Elementary surveying: Elfick, Michael. and Brinker, Russell: 9th ed.: London: HarperCollins, 1994.
1 copy at 526.9 E38 Carlton & Swanston Library,2&Search%5FArg=elementary%20surveying%20brinker&Search%5FCode=GKEY%5E&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=1

(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1994) and there isn’t an updated edition of it.)

Elementary surveying : an introduction to geomatics / Wolf, Paul R.: 11th ed.: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 2006
526.9 W855

Elementary surveying: an introduction to geomatics, Ghilani, Charles D, 12th ed., Upper Saddle River Prentice Hall Ptr, 2008
1 Copy Ordered 25-07-2008 for Carlton
Swanston Library at 526.9 W855

Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources /: 2nd ed.: Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
2 copies Carlton Library at 631.4794 G946, 1 at Swanston.

Principles of geospatial surveying / Allan, A. L.: Caithness, Whittles Pub. ; Boca Raton, FL : Distributed in North America by CRC Press, c2007.
1 copy Carlton and Swanston Libraryat 526.9 A417

Surveying : principles and applications / Kavanagh, Barry F.: 8th ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2009.
2 copies on order, previous 7th edition held at 526.9 K21 (1 copy Carlton and Swanston)

Surveying and engineering: principles and practice, Paul Watson et al, Oxford, Blackwell, 2008
1 copy at Swanston 690 S963

Surveying for engineers.: UREN, J: 4TH ED.: BASINGSTOKE PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2006:
Location: Bundoora Library
Order Information: 2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008
Already ordered for Carlton Library.

Surveying with construction applications
Carlton Library 1 Copy Ordered 13-06-2008
Swanston Library at 526.9 K21

Surveying for construction ,Irvine William, Maidenhead, McGraw Hill , 2006
2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008,1&Search%5FArg=surveying%20for%20construction&Search%5FCode=TALL&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=3
(This was in the previous implementation plan)

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• matching objectives with resources to ensure the design of a road or railway proceeds in an organised and timely manner
• ensuring that achievement of required accuracy has been attempted by:
• accessing and interpreting design information to identify the components to be measured and monitored
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• documenting and reporting
• organising and prioritising activity
• performing measurements
• planning resources
• reducing and manipulating survey data
• ensuring that non-conformity aspects are recorded and reported
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of the simulated workplace project and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives. Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project.

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

1. Assignment  1         Weight  20% due  Week 7
2. Assignment 2          Weight  20% due Week 13
3. Open book Test      Weight  50%  on Week 16
4. Portfolio                    Weight 10%   Week 17

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement
Assignment 1Element 1,2 and 3
Assignment 2Element 1,2,3,4 and 5
Open book TestElement 1,2,3,4 and 5
PortfolioElement 1,2,3,4 and 5

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