Course Title: Prepare drawings required in the construction of rural roads

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: CIVE5677

Course Title: Prepare drawings required in the construction of rural roads

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Chris Sanos
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 8342

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDC040B – Interpret and process survey data
EDC020B – Apply knowledge of civil construction processes

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to produce drawings required in the construction of rural roads, to the Australian Standards of AS 1100.401 and ‘AUSROADS” publications: ‘Geometrical design of Rural roads’ and ‘Design of Intersections at Grade’.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC050B Prepare drawings required in the construction of rural roads


1. Plot contour plans

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Project drawings include the correct use of symbols, terminology, linework and lettering.


2. Use appropriate symbols, terminology, linework, lettering

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant information is extracted from field and level books.
2.2 Contour plans are plotted along a survey traverse to provide a corridor of information in accordance with the survey data.


3. Plot the horizontal and vertical alignment of a design centreline

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Given the relevant design data, the information required in setting out and detailing horizontal and vertical alignments of a road which includes the incorporation of transitional horizontal curves is determined.


4. Plot and tabulate information to show longitudinal section, cross sections

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Relevant information is extracted from design calculations and appropriate survey data
4.2 Sectional views of a rural road are created with relevant set-out information tabulated on the associated views.


5. Calculate earthworks volumes and plot a mass haulage diagram

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Relevant information is extracted from design data.
5.2 The earthwork volumes for the cut and fill quantities are calculated.
5.3 The information and earthwork volumes are displayed in the form of a mass haulage diagram.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the SA curriculum document

Details of Learning Activities

Students will use the Planning and Time Management chart in the learning material to assist them through the course. The chart lists all your topics and their learning outcomes, and the activities and assessments to complete. Following this chart is the best way to monitor your progress and ensure you meet all deadlines.

This course runs for a 19 week duration (approximately 2 hours per week) consisting of both; in-class time and out of hours study. Students are expected to complete the project assessment either during scheduled class time or in their own time.

Students will submit their assessment projects and activities as indicated in the Learning Guide and feedback on activities and assessments will be provided during and after submission.

All work must be presented as specified by your teacher and as per the instructions in the learning guide. Students are required to be professional in both presentation and attitude, including meeting of deadlines. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Students must ensure they have read the plagiarism statement in the Course Outlines online.

A schedule of assessments can be found below and in the learning guides.

Teaching Schedule

WEEK LEARNING SCHEDULE                                                                       ASSESSMENT                                                                    

* Introduction to Rural roads

Assessment 1: Contouring Plan   

2* Contour plans and drafting 
3* Standard symbols and LetteringAssessment 2: Standard Symbols
4* Typical details, co-ordinates 
5* Horizontal Alignment plans, ROWAssessment 3: Horizontal Alignment
6* Design Lines, Horizontal curves, Pland and Sections                                                                                                        
7* Topographical Data 
8* Bounday fences and line patterns 
9* Longitudinal sections, surface levels, vertical curvesAssessment 4: Longitudinal Section
10* Streamline, stringline, curves 
11* Vertical curves, distance, grade level, pipe class and grade 
12* Exaggerated scales, plot scales 
13* Cross sections,pavement structure, cuttings, embankments, drains and kerb channelAssesssment 5: Cross Sections      
14* Importing details        
15* Offset distances, level information and batters 
16* Symbols, linestyles, presentation 
17* Earthwork quantities, cut and fill, transport requirements and volume calculationsAssessment 6: Earthworks Quantities
18* Areas and volumes on CAD 
19* Feedback, summary and resubmissions 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. AS1100.101. Technical drawing – General Principals. Australian Standard
2. AS1100. 501. Technical drawing – Structural Engineering. Australian Standard
3. AS1100.401. Technical drawing – Engineering Survey. Australian Standard
4. PU257. Civil Engineering Drawings. OTS/TAFE frontiers
5. PU250. Surveying. OTS/TAFE frontiers
6. PB177 (MWRC-1/3). Drafting roads. RMIT – class notes (electronic version available in online classroom)
7. The surveyors board of Victoria Melbourne. 1984- Survey Practice Handbook Victoria: Part 1 Drawing Practice. Surveyors Board
8. Irvine, W. 2005. Surveying For Construction 4th Edn. London ;New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.
9. PU248. Earthworks Drains and Culverts. OTS/TAFE frontiers
10. PU249. Roads streets and Footpaths. OTS/TAFE frontiers
11. Vicroads. Road Design Guidelines Part 11 Final drawing presentation
12. Vicroads. Standard Drawings for Roadworks
13. Underwood, R.T. 1995. Road Engineering Practice, South Melbourne : Macmillan Education Australia
14. Lay, M.G. 1985. Source book for Australian Roads, 3rd edn. Vermont South, Vic : Australian Road Research Board, 1985
15. Kendrick, P.S. 2004. Roadwork Theory and Practice, 5th edn. Oxford [England]: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann
16. Introduction to CAD –RMIT (pre-requisite course) 
17. Gladfelter, Donnie AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012: No Experience Required
18. Onstott, Scott AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT Essentials


Other Resources

• Web links
• In class videos 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

• Assessment 1: Contouring Plan (10%)
Students must draw a contouring plan of a plot of land while adhering to  AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 2: Standard Symbols (10%)
Students must draw standard road symbols and kerb details while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 3: Horizontal Alignment Plan (20%)
Students must draw a horizontal alignment plan while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 4: Longitudinal Section  (20%)
Students must draw a longitudinal section while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 5: Cross Sections (20%)
Student must draw cross sections while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 5: Earthworks Quantities (20%)
Student must calculate earthworks quantities from a case study of a simulated real life project.

Assessment Matrix

ASSESSMENT                                    OUTCOMES

Assessment 1:   Contouring Plan

Assessment 2:   Standard Symbols 2
Assessment 3:   Horizontal Alignment 3
Assessment 4:   Longitudinal Section 4
Assessment 5:   Cross Sections 4
Assessment 6:   Earthworks Quantities 5

Other Information

Study and Learning Support:

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Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills are:

* Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
* Maths and science developmental support and advice
* English language development

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Late submission:

If you require an extension for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you require an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted nor marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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