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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Nominal Hours: 40

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

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.


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.


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.

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 17 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 Topics Delivered  Elements /
Performace Criteria         
  • Introduction to Rural roads
  • Contour plans and drafting
  • Standard symbols and Lettering
2.1, 2.2
  • Typical details, co-ordinates
2.1, 2.2
  • Horizontal Alignment plans, ROW
  • Design Lines, Horizontal curves, Plans and Sections                                                                                                        
  • Topographical Data, Bounday fences and line patterns
  • Longitudinal sections, surface levels, vertical curves
4.1, 4.2
  • Streamline, stringline, curves
4.1, 4.2
  • Vertical curves, distance, grade level, pipe class and grade, Exaggerated scales, plot scales
4.1, 4.2
  • Cross sections,pavement structure, cuttings, embankments, drains and kerb channel
4.1, 4.2
  • Importing details
4.1, 4.2
  • Offset distances, level information and batters
4.1, 4.2
  • Symbols, linestyles
4.1, 4.2
  • Presentation of Cross Sections
4.1, 4.2
  • Earthwork quantities, cut and fill, transport requirements and volume calculations, Areas and volumes on CAD
5.1, 5.2, 5.3
  • Test
4.1, 4.2

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 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: No Experience Required
18. Onstott, Scott AutoCAD 2015 Essentials

 These resources are either available for free online through the RMIT Library or will be provided by the teacher during class. Students are not required to purchase these texts.

Other Resources

•Students can obtain the latest, free educational version of Autocad from the Autodeask website for out of class work.
• 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

All assessment tasks are drawing based assessments to be completed on the CAD program taught in class. Each assessment gradually steps up in degrees of difficulty as the student develops and gains greater experience with the program and Engineering concepts. Below is a Marking Guideline to assist students understand the grading system and what it takes to achieve a higher grade and improve their performance. A Marking guideline matrix appears in the learning guide for this course.

Students must achieve a result of >50% combined for the assessment tasks and >50% for the competency test to pass this course.

If a re-submission is granted, or an alternative assessment offered and a pass grade achieved, then students will not be eligible for a grade higher than 50% regardless of the standard of work.

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

• Assessment 2: Longitudinal Section  (20%)
Students must draw a longitudinal section while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 2: Cross Sections (20%)
Student must draw cross sections while adhering to AS1100 and class specified drawing standards

• Assessment 3: Earthworks Quantities (10%)
Student must calculate earthworks quantities from a case study of a simulated real life project.
• Assessment 4: Test (20%)
Student must draw a section using the information provided.

Assessment Matrix

    EDC050B Elements & Performance Criteria

 1.1 2.1  2.2  3.1  4.1  4.2  5.1  5.2  5.3
Assessment 1  x  x  x  x          
Assessment 2          x x      
Assessment 3              x  x  x
Assessment 4          x  x      

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

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

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven 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 two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


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

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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