Infrastructure - Highway Design in rural Areas





Offered by

Civil Engineering




Qualifying exam for the Civil Engineering study program.

Main purpose

The purpose of the course is to provide students the understanding of basic concepts within road constructions, including planning of roads in rural areas.
Furthermore, the students will receive introduction to CAD programs used for geometrical design of roads.


After completion of the course, the student must have the knowledge of:

• Road types and planning
• Intersections in rural areas
• Traditional asphalt types and use of these in road constructions


After completion of the course, the student must have the skills to:
• Perform analyses and road planning in rural areas
• Carry out an environmental screening
• Determine design parameters for a road project
• Propose relevant design of horizontal and vertical alignments, as well as, cross sections
• Describe elements in horizontal and vertical alignments
• Describe elements within a cross section, including drainage principles for roads in rural areas
• Describe why and where superelevation is used and how a cross section changes from roof crown profile to being superelevated
• Perform capacity calculations for a free road section
• Dimention road pavement structures based on the catalogue method
• Use MicroStation and InRoads for geometrical design of roads and to draw out quantities from the 3D model
• Setup and prepare road drawings for print


After completion of this course, the student must have the competences to:
• Determine a roads lay-out in regards to Danish Roads Standards and surrounding environment
• Design a bypass road in 3D using MicroStation and InRoads


Teaching methods and study activities

4 hours per week for 14 weeks will be implemented, corresponding to a 137,5-hour workload for the student. Study activities are:
• Lectures taught in class
• Self-study
• Video guidelines and instructions
• Exercises and consultation in class
• Visit to a road construction site, if possible
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:
CATEGORY 1 (Participation of lecturer and students, Initiated by the lecturer - 33%)
Comprises 60 lessons of 45 minutes (45 hours) varying between lectures, exercises and examination assignments. 
CATEGORY 2 (Participation of students, Initiated by the lecturer - 57%)
Homework, examination assignments, self-study, Preparation for exam (78.5 timer).
CATEGORY 3 (Participation of students, initiated by students - 10%)
Comprise freedom in choosing method to work with assignments, self-study, and preparation for exam (14 hours)
CATEGORY 4 (Participation of lecturer and students, initiated by students - 0%)


• Danish Road Standards (
• Various guidelines and online tutorials


Permit criteria for attending examination:
• Course assignments handed in before deadline


The students must solve course assignments based on the knowledge and skills achieved through the course. The assignments must be handed-in prior to the examination day through Wiseflow. Furthermore, drawings shall be delivered as two printed copies – details are provided in class.

The examination is a 20 min. individual oral examination without preparation based upon a course assignment found by draw.

The exam is with an internal examiner.

The re-exam is an individual oral examination without preparation based upon a course assignment found by draw, similar to the first examination.

Any second resit is an individual oral exam without preparation based upon a subject found by draw (not course assignments).

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale.
Examinations account for 100% of final grade.

Additional information


Katrine Steenbach

Valid from

2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Civil Works