Municipal Services

Course code CIV2702

Engineering technologists and associates working in the areas of state and local government, and private industry, are often involved with the design and construction of roads, water and wastewater services.  This course aims to give you an appreciation of the requirements of these services.  Topics covered include road pavement design and construction, traffic surveys and management, road maintenance, basic water treatment and distribution, and the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 16 Jun 2019 to start 15 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • describe the commonly used methods of urban and rural road construction;
  • design road pavements using simple design methods;
  • apply the methods commonly employed in soil stabilisation;
  • integrate knowledge of materials, equipment and processes required to manage and supervise the construction of road pavements and bituminous surfaces;
  • design bituminous surfacings for road pavements;
  • describe the features of commonly used traffic control devices, and design their installation;
  • plan and carry out traffic surveys;
  • plan and design simple traffic management schemes, parking facilities, and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • assess the requirements for road maintenance techniques;
  • understand the global and local distribution of water resources, describe available sources of supply and water demand, explain the factors leading to water scarcity and measures taken to combat the water shortage;
  • describe the essential components of a water supply and distribution system and design the capacities of trunk mains and service reservoirs in a reticulation network;
  • understand the overview of conventional water treatment processes and modern trends in advanced water treatment;
  • understand and design the various components involved in a typical water treatment processes;
  • describe the objectives of wastewater collection and treatment, understand the sources of wastewater and contaminants, design a sewer for a subdivision;
  • explain the principles and process sequence in water and wastewater treatment plants


40% internally assessed

60% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Students are required to purchase or have access to a calculator, which does not have text storage capabilities.