Course Title: Design pavements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

Course co-ordinator: Anirban Khastagir


Phone: 99254087

Room No: 57.5.34

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 Knowledge of diifferent software packages 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 Introdcution of 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  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

Weekly 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, condition and software packages

Week 8: 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 as follows:

1. Quiz: Covering Elements 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9
2. Assignment 1: Covering element 1
3.Assignment 2: Elements 4,5,6,7,8 ,9 and 10
4. Closed book Exam: ,covering Elements 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9

Assessment Matrix

AssessmentsDue dateProportion on total marks (%)
QuizWeek 2,4,5 and 720% (5% each)
Assignment 1Week 310%
Assignment 2Week 820%
Final ExamWeek 850%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) 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.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) 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 or marked.

Special consideration:

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Email Communication:

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