Course Outline

CIV301 Design of Roads and Drainage

Course Coordinator:Stephen Kime ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you focus on more traditional civil engineering skills such as: how to interpret and use survey data; how to design roads and draft road plans; how to plan and calculate bulk earthworks; and how to design and construct pavements and road drainage systems. The course is very "hands-on" and you will learn many useful and interesting civil engineering skills that you will need in your career as a civil engineer.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous Learning Material 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Survey Field Practice
  • Survey Drafting Techniques
  • Road Survey and Set Out
  • Designing Road Centrelines, Vertical and Horizontal Curve
  • Bulk Earthwork Calculations (Cut & Fill)
  • Designing Road Drainage Systems
  • Drafting Roads and Drainage Systems
  • Professional Drafting of Plans using AutoCA
  • Road Drainage Design using DRAINS software

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards
1 Explain, describe and apply theory of surveying and road design Knowledgeable
2 Apply practical knowledge and skills in the design of sustainable roads and drainage systems Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.3
3 Produce sustainable engineering designs and plans Sustainability-focussed
1.5, 1.6
4 Conduct engineering investigations Engaged
2.2, 2.3

* Competencies by Professional Body

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Engineer Competency Standards
1.3 Knowledge and Skill Base: In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.5 Knowledge and Skill Base: Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 Knowledge and Skill Base: Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.1 Engineering Application Ability: Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Engineering Application Ability: Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 Engineering Application Ability: Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


ENG104 or ENG202


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided for this course by moderation of students’ progress with the weekly tutorial exercises and quizzes. The course coordinator will offer added assistance to students in need.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
4 x 30 minute quiz
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
Drawing Package and two A4 pages for supporting report (1000 words)
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 40%
2500 words not including references and appendices
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
The goal of this task is to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to successfully undertake assessment tasks 2 and 3
Product: Quiz/zes
A number of questions will be set each week for 4 weeks (Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12) from the material covered in the learning materials and course notes.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Computational Accuracy - Use of correct methodology and formulae
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Design Project
Develop a concept level road and drainage design
Product: Written Piece
This assessment piece will capture two very critical components to road design (geometry and drainage). Students will use AutoCAD to develop their package.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of Roadway Design including bearings, distances and chainages
Use of correct methodology and formulae
Appropriateness of design grades and curves
2 3
Accuracy of earthwork calculations and cross-sections
Demonstrated technical drawing skills competency (correctness & neatness!)
All - Assessment Task 3:Design Report
Develop an industry standard design report that highlights project constraints, design exceptions, and measures that consider sustainability and climate change
Product: Report
This assessment piece typically accompanies the delivery of the design project (Task 2). It will provide the client with an understanding of the design decisions made to finalise a roads projects. Students will submit in word format.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appropriateness & Accuracy of Drainage Design
2 4
Accuracy of Hydrological Model (all 10% AEP stormwater collected in pipes)
Use of correct methodology and formulae
Quality of AutoCAD construction drawings (design drawings professional)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

You will need to purchase and bring the following equipment with you to class from Weeks 1-8:
Engineering Scale Rule (1:100, 1:200, 1:250, 1:500)
Simple 300 mm ruler
Protractor (full 360 degree, 15cm diameter)
Compass (cheap one from supermarket)
2 pencils, soft and hard (e.g. HB and 3H) and one 0.4 - 0.5mm tip black felt pen
Pencil sharpener
Scientific Calculator with Degrees, Minutes and Seconds (Polar-Rectangular conversion) function

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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