CIVILENG 2005 - Transportation Engineering & Survey

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course introduces students to transportation engineering systems and elementary aspects of civil engineering surveying. The course includes treatment of the following topics in transportation engineering: introduction to transportation systems, pavement design, analysis and modelling techniques for transportation systems, flow theory, scheduling, route planning, demand estimation and economics. Surveying topics include: linear measurement, levelling, theodolite and horizontal and vertical curves.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CIVILENG 2005
    Course Transportation Engineering & Survey
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Surveying Practical report, In class quizzes, Transportation project, Assignments, Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Dmitri Kavetski

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course has the following learning outcomes:
    1 Apply fundamental principles to the design and management of transportation infrastructure
    2 Analyse and model transportation data for decision making
    3 Evaluate economic social and environmental impacts of transportation systems
    4 Operate basic surveying equipment and complete a levelling traverse
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    B B A B B A A B A A
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides and recordings are available to students via MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures content is provided in online modules.
    Tutorials are delivered face-to-face in the CATS computer suites.
    A surveying exercise is conducted outside, weather permitting.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload in this course is based on the University of Adelaide guidelines

    A student in a 3-unit course is generally expected to invest approximately 156 hours over 13 weeks (12 hours/week) of "total" work to
    achieve a “Credit”. Total work includes contact + non-contact time, and time invested into assessment tasks.

    The formal contact hours for the course include ~24 hours of tutorials and ~3-6 hours of outdoor practicals. Lecture content is available online and comprises approx 20 hours of content.

    The remaining 106 hours of non-contact time is expected to be devoted to private study and completion of assessment tasks.Higher marks, such as “Distinction” and “High Distinction”, will require substantially more quality time and effort.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course employs the following teaching and learning approaches: lectures; tutorials; quizzes and surveying practical exercises.
    The schedule is available on MyUni.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Learning outcomes
    Tutorial questions 20 Individual 1
    Pavement design 15 Individual 1
    Surveying practical report 5 Group (data collection), individual writeup 4
    Transport Project  30 Group 2,3
    Exam (*min 40%) 30 Individual 1,2,3,4
    Total 100
    Due dates for the assessment tasks will be posted on MyUni.
    *This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The assessment tasks include.

    Tutorial questions

    Tutorials provide students with the opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of key concepts , principles and theory presented in the learning units.

    Design Projects
    The projects are relatively "open-ended" and seek inspiration from practical engineering design problems.

    The practical focuses on testing the practical knowledge of the surveying component of the course.

    The exam tests overall student knowledge and is conducted after the end of the teaching period.

    All submissions will be made electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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