Unit Code: 613

Road Construction and Drainage Principles

This unit provides fundamental knowledge for professional work with road construction and as a pathway to further learning. It will impart cognitive skills to think critically about the selection of materials and the methods used to construct a range of road facilities. The unit will also provide specialised technical and creative skills relevant to current and future professional practice. It will further develop the basic skills and knowledge imparted in the core unit Introduction to Pavements.

The purpose of Road Construction & Drainage Principles is to provide the student with both the practical and theoretical knowledge of the practices, procedures and equipment necessary for road construction, required by professional engineers.

Unit Specifications
Programs Master of Pavement Technology (MPT) (AQF Level 9),
Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology (GCPT) 
Unit Name Road Construction and Drainage Principles
Unit Code 613
Duration One semester
Credit Points 1
Delivery Mode Online


Co requisites
  • 600: Fundamentals of Roads and Pavements 
Unit Chair Colin Leek
Unit Topics

Topic 1: Aspects of Route Selection and Alignment
Topic 2: Preliminary Subgrade Investigations
Topic 3: Construction Management Overview
Topic 4: Risk Management, Value Management, Estimates & Programs
Topic 5: Environmental Issues & Impact of Land Transport
Topic 6: Earthworks
Topic 7: Subgrade Improvement
Topic 8: Water Management
Topic 9: Road Drainage
Topic 10: Subbase and Base Construction
Topic 11: Roadsides
Topic 12: Future Directions

Unit History

This unit was formerly titled: Fundamentals of Road Construction

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