Course Title: Design pavements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5694

Course Title: Design pavements

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

Corresponding Co-ordinator: Anirban Khastagir

Phone: 99254087


Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EAC120B Test and evaluate soils
EDX010B Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to determine and select the most economical pavement thickness and composition to provide a satisfactory level of service for conventional road traffic, in accordance with the Austroads Pavement Design Guide methodology and the application of local research and investigations.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAC070B Design pavements


1. Apply understanding of the various types of flexible and rigid pavements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Classification and characteristics of different flexible and rigid pavements.

1.2  Application of flexible and rigid pavements.

1.3 Pavement profiles.


10. Review pavement design software

Performance Criteria:

10.1 Use of CIRCLY to analyze flexible and rigid pavement.


2. Apply knowledge of pavement materials and their characteristics.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Application of pavement materails.

2.2 Characteristics of Pavement materials.


3. Estimate the design California Bearing Ratio (CBR)

Performance Criteria:

3.1 CBR test.

3.2 Significance of CBR test.

3.3 Application of CBR test.


4. Compute the design traffic value for a pavement

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Traffic data analysis


5. Determine the total thickness of a new flexible pavement

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Design of flexible pavement (step by step procedure).


6. Determine the total thickness of a rigid pavement

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Design of rigid pavement (step by step method)


7. Determine the appropriate thickness of an asphalt or granular layer to improve the service performance of an existing pavement.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Performance analysis of flexible and rigid pavement.


8. Perform an economic comparison of alternative pavement types

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Cost-effectiveness analysis of pavements.


9. Determine pavement performance and condition.

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Review and analyze the efficacy of flexible and rigid pavement.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher-led lessons which will include:

Overview of flexible and rigid pavements
Overview of Pavement materials and their characteristics
Overview of California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
Overview of design traffic
Overview of flexible and rigid pavement design

Student learning activities will include individual and team problem solving activities which address the designated areas of underpinning knowledge for each element. Hence, students will:

Demonstrate their ability to identify different types of pavements
Solve problems on CBR
Solve problems on rigid pavement
Solve problems on flexible pavement
Solve problems on economic comparison

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Various types of flexible and rigid pavements

Week 2: Pavement materials and their characteristics

Week 3: California Bearing Ratio (CBR)

Week 4: Design traffic

Week 5: Flexible pavement design

Week 6: Rigid pavement design

Week 7: Pavement performance and condition

Week 8: Use of CIRCLY to analyze pavement

Week 9: Final exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Austroad Manual: 1. Pavement design and   2. Online notes


Other Resources

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

The assessment tasks are:

1. Quiz: 20%
2. Assignment: 30%
3. Final Exam: 50%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

More information in connection with this course can be obtained from the instructor.

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