SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224622
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction materials and measurements

Summary of Content

The module is designed to bring awareness regarding modal choice, highway alignment, highway design and pavement construction. The students will understand role of railway in transportation, geometric design of track traffic, pointing and crossing and maintenance of tracks.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: HIGHWAY ENGINEERING Introduction to transportation engineering: Importance of Transportation. Different types of transportation, classification of Highways. Highway alignment and geometric design: Principles for Ideal highway alignment, factors affecting alignment, surveys for alignment projects. Factors affecting the design of geometric elements, elements of highway cross section, camber, width of carriageway, shoulder width, formation width, right of way. Types of Sight distance and importance. Design of pavement: Types of pavements - Design factors. BS method of flexible pavement design, Stresses in rigid pavement and design of rigid pavement as per BS. Pavement construction: Preparation of sub grade, sub-base courses, bituminous binder course, types of bituminous surfacing courses. Road construction materials, tests and specifications. RAILWAY ENGINEERING Introduction: Role and importance of railways in transportation. Basic elements of railway track: types of gauges, typical cross sections. Quantity and quality of materials needed for laying a track. Railroad track and components. Track stresses in rails, sleepers, ballast and sub grade. Geometric design: Necessity of Geometric Design of railway track, maximum allowable speed, gradient and types of gradient. Circular curve, transition curve, super elevation, cant- deficiency. Points and crossing: Necessity, turnouts, Types of switches, crossings- types of crossings. Purpose of railway stations and yards - types of stations and yards, signalling and interlocking, track defects, track maintenance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: Evaluate the main categories of transportation to establish the advantages and disadvantage of each (A4, A7, B5, D6, D1)Design the various horizontal and vertical alignment elements of a highway (A1,A4, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C1, C4, D1, D3, D4, D6)Understand the types of pavements and the reasons behind the categorization (A4, B3, B5, C4, D6)Knowledge on basic traffic characteristics and real-time traffic issues that affect transportation in any network including accidents (A6, B1, C1, D1, D3)Asses the environmental impact of traffic (A4, A6, B6, C1, D1, D4, D6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and seminars will be used to convey the concepts of transportation for engineers and planners and will be supplemented by tutorials and video materials where necessary.

Indicative Reading

Reference Text Book: Highway Engineering Rogers, Wiley Blackwell, 2003 Highway Engineering, Khanna & Justo, Nem Chand and Bros., Roorkee Principles of Pavement Design, Yoder & Witczak, John Wiley and sons Inc(second edition) 1975 Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Coleman & O'Flaherty, Butterman-Heinemann, 1996 Highway Engineering- Khanna, S.K. and Justo, C.E.G., Nem Chand and Bros, Roorkee (2003).

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject. Creative thinking and independent judgment Independent and group working. Communication skills, analysis and evaluation Analysis, comparative and evaluation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen written Examination 2Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Quiz is the formative assesment. Case study linked with submission of report (1500 words) on traffic management in thecontext of Oman.