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CENV3060 Highway and Traffic Engineering

Module Overview

This module combines the two main elements of Highway Engineering – geometric design and road pavement structural design. You will gain a understanding ok key issues and practices in both elements, including design case studies where you will put theory in to practice. There is also significant coverage of highway maintenance – an aspect of increasing importance in developed countries with ageing infrastructure.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Materials for Highway Engineering
  • Road junction types, operations and design
  • Road pavement construction
  • Road vehicle characteristics and performance
  • The geometric design of highways
  • The structural design of road pavements
  • Traffic flow theory, traffic analysis and queuing processes
  • Traffic Management and Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Analyse traffic operations on roads and at junctions
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select and design roads and junctions according to requirements/specifications
  • Identify /recall the key issues in Highway and Transportation Engineering
  • Propose and evaluate alternative designs and options for Highways
  • Carry out practical Highway Design work
  • Interpret Computer Aided Design outputs
  • Report Design processes and outcomes
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Manage your time
  • Report your work effectively
  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
  • Use junction design software (ARCADY and/or LINSIG) effectively
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce junction design drawings
  • Carrying out an assessment of rainfall runoff systems


The Transportation Planning and Engineering process. Traffic Parameters and traffic flow theory. Road and junction types and layouts. Traffic analysis and design for highways and road junctions. Route location and geometric design of roads. Case study: Road junction design. Traffic management and Intelligent Transport Systems. Designing for buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Intelligent Transport Systems for road traffic. Structural design and maintenance of road pavements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, Seminars, simulation demonstrations, tutorials with worksheets and audio-visual presentations; Learning activities include: Individual design work, literature review/analysis, use of software and directed reading. The examination will assess your knowledge and understanding of highway and transportation engineering and your abilities of analysis and problem solving. The other learning outcomes should be achieved through the junction design exercise.

Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work12
Wider reading or practice20
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Software requirements.  ARCADY

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.


Assessment Strategy

Repeat method - External repeat as per referral method.


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Assessment  40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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