CIVL 7004 Advanced Highway Infrastructure

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301011

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Description This subject teaches pavement and ground engineering design as part of highway construction. Students will develop advanced knowledge and skills in designing pavement structures and ground improvement techniques dealing with soft and weak grounds related to the construction of highway pavements and embankments. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in accordance with Australian standards and practices. The knowledge and skills developed in this subject will provide students with opportunities in careers such as in ground engineering including those involving design, construction and maintenance of highway infrastructures.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Geotechnical Engineering

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Assumed Knowledge

Soil mechanics at undergraduate level.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Apply principles of mechanics in pavement design.
  2. Analyse soil principles for ground engineering and embankment design.
  3. Evaluate soil properties and soil test data in geotechnical analysis and design.
  4. Design highway infrastructures integrating relevant engineering principles using engineering software and Australian practices.
  5. Collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, both specialist and non-specialist, to achieve objectives of tasks.
  6. Communicate analyses and recommendations in a formal report using appropriate technical and diagrammatic specifications.

Subject Content

Pavement Design Module:
1. Asphalt mix design
2. Flexible pavement design
3. Rigid pavement design
Highway Embankment and ground improvement Module:
1. Soft soil remediation
2. Ground improvement techniques
3. Earth fills and retaining structures


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation 2 hours (each week) 10 N Individual
Report 25 pages 30 N Group
Report 15 pages 20 N Individual
Quiz 1 hour (per quiz) 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


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