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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

This subject belongs to the minor in Construction Technology. It is taught in the sixth semester (3rd year) of the Civil Engineering undergraduate degree.

The course is divided into the following activities: lectures, recitations (design cases), laboratory and computer practice. These classroom activities are focused on providing the future graduate scientific and technical training in the field of conception, design, construction and operation of highways, traffic networks and its related infrastructure.

Likewise, the training received by the student will prepare for the development and deepening of content on different disciplines belonging to Highway Engineering, approached by various specific subjects in further courses.


Although no specific academic prerequisite is required to take this course, it is strongly recommended for the student to have basic skills in Geometry, Mechanics (Kinematics and Dynamics), Graphic Expression, Surveying and Construction Materials Technology, acquired in several compulsory subjects in previous courses.


This subject does not share a 75% or higher content with the equivalent courses in the other two minors offered in this degree (33530 and 33531).



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT-10 : Capacity to confront, plan and solve real problems demanded by society in the field of engineering.
  • CT-12 : Capacity to assimilate and adapt to the permanent evolution of technology when developing one's professional career.
  • CT-13 : Capacity to adopt the scientific method when planning and carrying out different academic and professional tasks.
  • CT-7 : Capacity for oral and written exposition.
  • CT-8 : Capacity to plan tasks and commit oneself to satisfying goals and deadlines.
  • CT-9 : Capacity for group work.


Specific Competences (Specific Technology):>>Civil Construction

  • CEC-4 : Capacity to build and preserve roads, as well as the sizing, planning and building of the elements that make up highway equipment. Capacity to plan, build and preserve road transport infrastructures.


Specific Competences (Specific Technology):>>Hydrology

  • CEH-3 : Knowledge of urban services projects related to water distribution and sanitation works.


Specific Competences (Specific Technology):>>Transit and Urban Services

  • CET-1 : Capacity to build and preserve roads, as well as the sizing, planning and building of the elements that make up highway equipment. Capacity to plan, build and preserve road transport infrastructures.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CB-2 : Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional manner and should have those skills that are usually reflected when preparing and defending arguments and solving problems in their field of study.
  • CB-3 : Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their field of study) to give opinions that include a reflection on important, social, scientific, ethical matters, etc.
  • CB-5 : Students should have developed the necessary learning skills to undertake later studies with a high level of autonomy.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

  • Acquisition and mastering of specific vocabulary and regulations used in this technical field.
  • Knowledge, understanding and application of the various concepts and terminology used in Highway Engineering.
  • Knowledge of the basic characteristics of the supply and demand of road transport and the main actors involved in such activity.
  • Ability and skills to analyse, quantify and correct the situation of vehicular traffic and pedestrians that use rural and urban roads, as part of the usual techniques of Traffic Engineering.
  • Ability and skills to project urban and interurban roads and their auxiliaries, including its layout, pavement design, systems of longitudinal and transverse drainage, signals and markings.
  • Knowledge of the highway construction process and its state of the art.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental characteristics of air transport and aircraft for use in the design of airport infrastructure.
  • Acquisition of critical capacity, scalability and deepening of the developed concepts, and analysis skills applied to this Civil Engineering discipline.




Code: 33529
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught