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CEG3401 : Design of Transport Infrastructure

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Roger Bird
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To appreciate the constraints and challenges in creating sustainable transport infrastructure
To provide an understanding of:
The derivation of current road design standards
The role of safety in high design
How to apply geometric design standards
Junction capacity assessment and design
Road pavements, materials, design and maintenance requirements

Outline Of Syllabus

Route Choice
UK Design Standards – background and derivation of standards for:
Horizontal Alignment
Vertical alignment
Applying Highway Link design – relaxations and departures from standard
Coordinated alignment design
Consistency analysis
Principles of Junction Design
Speed and consistency
Rail, Airports and Future transport infrastructure
Road Pavements Design, Materials and Maintenance
Detailed Design
Use of Highway design software

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Present in person lectures (TW 1 – 4)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Present in person lectures (TW 5 – 9)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Problem solving exercises (private study - offline)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Professional skills assessment (private study - offline)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities13:003:00Present in Person - Computer Aided Design (TW 5, 6 – students in 2 groups max 35?)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Present in Person - Tutorials – to review lecture material and answer questions (TW 2 - 4)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Present in Person - Tutorial –guidance and Q&A about coursework. (TW 4)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Reading, Revision, Further Study (private study offline)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with necessary information on the design of highways and other transport infrastructure. Reference is made to the background and practice of current design procedures, concentrating principally in the UK, but also with reference to practice and examples in many other countries. Small group teaching (tutorial) assistance is made available to assist with the understanding of numerical techniques and other issues as required. Computer aided design is taught at computer terminals in a tutorial setting.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person. Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG8403Design of Transport Infrastructure2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M20Numerical exercise (20% of module)
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Short team presentation (20% of module)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MNumerical exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework tests students’ ability to calculate solutions to engineering problems. The oral presentation is a test of the intended skills outcome "prepare and present short technical presentations". The examination tests theoretical, conceptual and critical understanding and knowledge of underlying issues. It also tests understanding of design formulae and requires relevant numerical calculations to be mastered. The numerical exercise is formative.

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