ENCN415-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Pavement Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Effect of traffic and environment on pavement. Analysis of stress from axle loads. Characterisation of pavement materials. Empirical and mechanistic-empirical design methods.

Learning Outcomes

This course is aimed at providing the Civil Engineering students with basic understanding of the Highway Engineering materials and the basic and fundamental design concept of highway pavements structures. Students will be able to design and analyse flexible pavements in addition, they will be able to undersatnd the basic elements of rigid pavement design. Students will be able to conduct a thorough analysis of stresses, strains and deflections developed by different axle configurations and loads in multilayer flexible pavement stuructures. Students will study the effect of of both traffic and environment on pavement damage. The pavement course provide sufficient coverage of highway materials using SUPERPAVE characterisation methods, hot mix asphalt design by using APRG18 design methods. Students will learn how to design new pavement structure using Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design (Austroads Method) and by using empirical design methods. Students will also learn how to evaluate the structural capacity of an existing pavement structure by utilising the usrface deflection measurements and backanalysis (backcalculation) methods. Overlay design will also be covered.




Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:30 Civil - Mech E111 Transport Lab
20 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 21 May
02 Friday 13:00 - 14:30 Civil - Mech E111 Transport Lab
20 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 21 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
20 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Timetable Note

Three lectures per week each 50 minutes.
There will be tutorials every other week.

Afternoon laboratories:
There will be two major laboratory exercises. These two exercises will be carried out over 5 sessions each session will be about an hour and half long. Usually the class is streamed into 2 streams with a maximum 25 students per stream. Each stream will carry out certain testing on specific part of the exercise. At the end of testing, all data will be compiled together into one file to be sent to all individual students or it will be posted on the Learn system. All students are required to submit their own individual lab report. Students need to read the related standard of each test and refer to these standard when write their own reports. All students must attend the laboratory sessions and sign attendance sheet. Those students who fail to attend the laboratory sessions are not allowed to submit their laboratory report.

Laboratory Timetable
At the moment labs are scheduled as follow:
Lab Session A: for streams 01 and 02 for Bitumen and aggregates testings.
Lab Session B: stream 01 and 02 sample preparation
Lab Session C: stream 01and 02 mixing and compaction
Lab Session D: stream 01 and 02 testing volumetrics, resilient modulus and ITS

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mofreh Saleh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
4 Assignments 22%
Mid Semester Test 30%
Laboratory Report 8%
Final Exam 40%

There will be four assignments over the two terms of the semester, each assignment worth 5.5%. All assignments and lab report are required to be submitted online as PDF files in addition to HARDCOPY printout to be handed in the assignments box. Students will be required to submit one complete lab report worth 8.0%. Student will be required to take midterm test and final exam. The midterm test worth 30% of the total grade and will be held in the second week of term 2 (date to be announced) and the final exam worth 40 % and will be held at the end of the fourth
term (Date to be announced). The final exam will cover the entire course materials and will be around 2 hours. Any “CIVIL” approved calculator is allowed.

Late assignments will have 20% deducted for each day late, unless prior arrangement has been made. Please contact me (preferably well in advance) if you have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.

To achieve a pass in the course, students should achieve at least 50% of the course work (assignments and lab report) and at least 50% in the midterm test and final exam and the total mark is expected to be at least 50% (out of 100%). Test and Exam will be conducted online.

Special Considerations
Any student who has been impaired by significant exceptional and/or unforeseeable circumstances that have prevented them from completing any major assessment items, or that have impaired their performance such that the results are not representative of his/her true level of the course material, may apply for special consideration through the formal university process. The applicability and academic remedy/action associated with the special consideration process is listed for each assessment item below. Please refer to the University Special Consideration Regulations and Special Consideration Policies and Procedures documents for more information on the acceptable grounds for special consideration and the application process.

Assessment Academic Remedy
Assignments/Lab report "Special consideration is not applicable as the individual assignments and laboratory report are worth < 10% of the course grade. No alternative arrangements will be offered for any missed assignment regardless of the circumstances.  However, an extension can be granted for evidence-supported requests. Extensions will typically be for up to one week, but the duration will be considered on a case-by- case basis. Students seeking an extension must contact the course coordinator as soon as possible with evidence of their situation, and preferably before the due date.

30% Test Severely impacted students will be offered an equivalent alternative test that will replace their original test mark.
Moderately impacted students, a derived mark based on performance relative to class on all assessment items will apply.

Final Exam (40%)  Severely impacted  students will be offered an equivalent alternative exam that will replace their original exam mark. This exam will be held in the week immediately following the exam period.

Moderately impacted students, a derived mark based on performance relative to class on all assessment items will apply

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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