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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title LM Rural Roads
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 26530
Module Lead Dr M Burrow
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description The course provides an introduction to the topic of building and maintaining rural roads for development and includes:
  • The contribution of rural roads to growth and poverty reduction
  • Analytical framework for understanding rural transport
  • Pro-poor transport appraisal including methods for capturing non-monetary benefits
  • Rural road design and construction
  • Labour-based & intermediate technologies
  • The implications of climate change
  • Rural transport services
  • Recent research developments in rural roads
The course will include laboratory sessions to better understand simple tests which can be used in the field to determine soil properties required for proper design and maintenance. The above concepts will be cemented via a major piece of practical coursework.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of rural roads to development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the difficulty of assessing rationally the benefits of rural roads;
  • Demonstrate an ability to use multi-criteria techniques to carry out the appraisal of rural transport;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of soils;
  • Demonstrate an ability to design rural roads;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different labour-based & intermediate technologies;
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess the benefits of different labour-based & intermediate technologies;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of recent research in rural roads.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of transport services to rural communities
Assessment 26530-02 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment (100%) 6 hour group course work at end of module delivered through Zoom.
Supplementary/Reassessment Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment.
Other None
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