Highway Engineering


This online highway engineering course will introduce the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices, principles of drainage design, and basic geometrical alignment of a road.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

Learners who successfully complete this online course will be able to:

  • Outline and describe road infrastructure administration agencies and principles of route location.
  • Evaluate the properties and testing of road earthworks, pavement and wearing surface materials, discuss road construction practice and pavement distress.
  • Evaluate the components, functions and design of surface and sub-surface drainage for roads.
  • Describe basic horizontal and vertical alignment of a road.


  • 50% internally assessed
  • 50% examination. 

For more information about exams, including a full list of exam times go to our exam page:

Assessment for this course includes an examination

Open Polytechnic will, subject to you meeting the entry requirements for this course/programme, enrol you in this course.

Your enrolment in the course means that you should expect to complete an in-person examination.

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No textbooks are required for this course

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree

Course availability over the next 12 months


Trimester 3 enrolment dates

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31 Oct 2022
19 Feb 2023

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