Course Title: Design pavements

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Design pavements

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 20

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 Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term2 2012,
Term2 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

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.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC070B Design pavements


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

02. Apply knowledge of pavement materials and their characteristics.

03. Estimate the design California Bearing Ratio (CBR).

04. Compute the design traffic value for a pavement.

05. Determine the total thickness of a new flexible pavement.

06. Determine the total thickness of a rigid pavement.

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

08. Perform an economic comparison of alternative pavement types.

09. Determine pavement performance and condition.

10. Review pavement design software.

Learning Outcomes


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