Full Title:Highway Engineering
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:CENG E7014
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to allow the student acquire expertise in the design, construction and operation of highway networks.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Select an appropriate design flow, road type and design speed for new/upgraded sections of highway
  2. Design the horizontal and vertical alignment of a highway in accordance with current national & international standards
  3. Undertake traffic surveys and analyse the collected data
  4. Analyse highway links and intersections in terms of their capacity
  5. Design a suitable bitumen based or concrete pavement for a highway
  6. Analyse road accident data and assess different accident reduction and/or or traffic calming measures

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Function of Roads/Road Types
Hierarchy of Roads. Road Cross Sections. Urban Roads. Rural Roads
Geometric Design of Roads
Geometric design standards (TD9). Determination of Design Speed. Stopping Sight Distance. Horizontal Alignment. Vertical Alignment.
Traffic Flow and Highway Capacity
Variation in Traffic Flow. Determination of Traffic Flow. Traffic Surveys. Design Hour Flow. Traffic Growth. Highway Capacity. Level of Service.
Priority Junctions. Traffic Light Controlled Junctions. Roundabouts. Grade Separated. Visibility Requirements. Capacity of Junctions
Structural Design of Roads
Determination of Design Loading. Road Foundation Design (HD24). Pavement Layers Design (HD 25 and HD26). Selection of most economically advantageous design option
Road Safety
Road Accident Causation. Road Safety Strategies. Low Cost Accident Reduction Measures. Road Safety Audits. Traffic Calming
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Term long project to design an upgraded horizontal and vertical alignment for a sub-standard section of an existing road in accordance with current design standards 1,2 10.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Continuous Assessment assignment relating to the geometric design of a highway 1,2 2.50 0 0 Week 4 0
Continuous Assessment Assignment relating to traffic surveys and the use of survey data to assess the performance of a road and/or junction 3,4 2.50 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Assignment on Road Pavement Design 5 2.50 0 0 Week 8 0
Continuous Assessment Essay on Road Traffic Accident Reduction and/or Traffic Calming 6 2.50 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students shall be offered appropriate alternative assessments in place of recoverable elements of coursework for completion prior to the repeat examination board meeting. Elements of coursework which the programme board have agreed are non-recoverable are clearly communicated to students at the start of each semester.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory based 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Road Design Exercise (carried out in-house) 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Preparation for CA 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Preparation for final examination 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Martin Rogers 2008, Highway Engineering, 2nd Ed., 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, Blackwell [ISBN: 978 06320 5606 4]
  • Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport 2013, Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets, 1st Ed., Government Stationary Office [ISBN: 978 - 0707661633]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Road Safety Authority, Road Collision Facts Ireland, annual Ed.
  • NRA 2004, Road Safety Audit Guidelines
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_ECIVL_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 5 Mandatory