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CIV5705 Pavement Design and Analysis

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Pavement Design and Analysis
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030909 - Transport Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Andreas Nataatmadja


Pre-requisite: CIV3703 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GDNS or MENS or PGCN or GCAE or MEPR


This course brings further understanding in pavement design and analysis. The aim of this course is to enable students to use the analytical methods in the design and analysis of various pavement types so that they will be prepared for involvements in various pavement projects. Moreover, students will learn about behaviour and performance of standard and marginal pavement materials, pavement maintenance and life-cycle cost analysis.


This course presents various analytical/computer tools for the design and analysis of various heavy-duty pavements. The course develops the principles and techniques of pavement design and analysis to the post graduate level. More advanced concepts are explored in the areas of pavement material characterisation, mechanistic pavement design, pavement evaluation and pavement maintenance.


After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

  1. Research and apply established theories to evaluate pavement stress regimes and use appropriate pavement material characterisation methods.
  2. Assess the potential use of marginal pavement materials (including recycled materials) and transmit ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  3. Formulate and devise complex pavement material improvement techniques.
  4. Apply advanced theoretical and integrated practical knowledge in pavement design and analysis for: mine haul and unsealed roads; flexible pavements; and concrete pavements.
  5. Assess key performance indicators for various pavements and determine maintenance and rehabilitation options.
  6. Reflect on and synthesise complex concepts and theories in the use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis to evaluate pavement design options and in the application of Pavement Management System to plan maintenance actions.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Stresses in pavements 8.00
2. Material characterisation and modelling 8.00
3. Marginal materials and material improvement techniques 12.00
4. Subgrade preparation and drainage requirements 8.00
5. Mechanistic design of flexible pavements 16.00
6. Design of mine haul and unsealed roads 8.00
7. Design of concrete pavements 16.00
8. Pavement performance analysis 8.00
9. Pavement maintenance and rehabilitation 8.00
10. Life Cycle Cost Analysis 4.00
11. Pavement Management System 4.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Austroads 2011, Guide to Pavement Technology Part 5: Pavement Evaluation and Treatment Design, Austroads Publication No. AGPT05-11, Sydney.
Note: This publication can be obtained free of charge from Austroads' website.
Austroads 2017, Guide to Pavement Technology Part 2: Pavement Structural Design, Austroads Publication No. AGPT02-17, Sydney.
Note: This publication can be obtained free of charge from Austroads' website.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Austroads 2009, Guide to Pavement Technology Part 6: Unsealed Pavements' Publication No. AGPT06-09, Sydney.
Note: This publication can be obtained free of charge from Austroads' website.
Austroads 2019, Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4D: Stabilised Materials, Publication No. AGPT04D-19, Sydney.
Note: This publication can be obtained free of charge from Auatroads' website.
AustStab 2015, Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Guide, 2nd edn Auststab Limited, North Sydney.
Thompson, RJ 2011. Mining Roads - Mine Haul Road Design, Construction and Maintenance Management.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 03 Apr 2020 1
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 22 May 2020 4
Online exam 600 60 End S1 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    Candidates are only allowed to access specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures.

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this in the course Introduction Book and on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  6. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Date printed 19 June 2020