Course Title: Design pavements

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6066

Course Title: Design pavements

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 20.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Course Contact: Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4444

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Course Description

This unit targets the competencies 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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE5569, CIVE5596

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC070 Design pavements

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the various types of flexible and rigid pavements.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of pavement materials and their characteristics.
3. Estimate the design California Bearing Ratio(CBR)
4. Compute the design traffic value for a pavement.
5. Determine the total thickness of a new flexible pavement
6. Determine the total thickness of a rigid pavement.
7. Determine the appropriate thickness of an asphalt or granular layer to improve the service performance of an existing pavement.
8. Perform an economic comparison of alternative pavement types.
9. Determine pavement performance and condition.
10. Review pavement design software.

Overview of Assessment

The format will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based assessment of the ability to complete the design to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those stated in the curriculum document under the sub-heading: ‘Critical aspects of assessment’
Assessment method :
1. An end-of-course examination based on elements 1, 2, 8 and 9 and an overview of the others. (40%)
2. A set of minor design tasks based on elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 (60%)