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SEV254 - Road and Pavement Engineering


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Nhu Nguyen



SEE010 or SEJ010 

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week.


Roads are a major component of civil engineering infrastructure systems. A significant proportion of civil engineering professionals are employed in designing and maintaining roads and pavements. To equip students with a valuable knowledge in and understanding of road and pavement engineering, this unit covers the overview of transportation infrastructure systems, road design principles and processes, design of roadside drainage systems and design of heavily-trafficked flexible and rigid road pavements so that advanced knowledge and skills for road and pavement engineering professionals or highly skilled work and/or further learning are achieved. Students will work on projects using relevant software so that they will be experienced to the real world of road and pavement engineers.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand safety, economic, social and environmental factors that impact planning, designing and maintaining road infrastructure

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply the fundamental engineering principles to plan and design road geometric elements including road drainage system

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply contemporary methodologies and theories to design and maintain heavily trafficked flexible and rigid pavements considering failure modes of common pavement materials

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Manage and communicate information effectively in a professional manner

GLO2: Communication


Work and learn with others from different disciplines and backgrounds

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Project - road and drainage design (team) Written report, 25-page maximum 25% Week 7
Project - pavement design (team) Collaborative written report, 25-page maximum 25% Week 10

2-hour written examination

50% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve a minimum of 40% on the final examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEV254 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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