Road Design and Traffic Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Tutorial Work (continuous) (15%) , Assignment - Individual Assign (1500 words) (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the objectives, principles and processes of geometric road design and develop skills required for the design of typical rural roads using relevant highway design software. This unit will also impart knowledge and skills for the students to produce traffic impact studies and demonstrate the importance of traffic management measures that includes emerging traffic control systems. The unit will cover road cross-section elements and drainage structures, the design of horizontal alignment, the design of vertical alignment and calculations of earthworks, road classification system, and traffic impact analysis and traffic management measures.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to: 

  1. identify objectives and principles of road geometric design and how to address them through proper selection of design inputs
  2. summarise relationships between horizontal and vertical alignment geometry and driver safety and comfort
  3. apply current guidelines in the design of road geometric elements using relevant software
  4. demonstrate an understanding of functional classification of roadway systems and produce traffic impact assessment reports
  5. demonstrate the importance of Traffic Management Measures including "Intelligent Transport Systems".
  • Assessment — Tutorial Work (continuous) (15%)
  • Assignment — Individual Assign (1500 words) (30%)
  • Group Project — Approx. 750 words per student (40%)
  • Test (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Other special requirement — Students will require access to two pieces of software : Microstation and 12d. UniSA will provide more detailed information on this requirement in due course before the unit commences.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Road design fundamentals
2Computer applications for road design
3Design of road and traffic systems
4Intelligent transport systems
5Local traffic management

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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