Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After this course student can apply and evaluate different geometric design elements and understands their mathematical basis. Student is able to analyze how road geometry affects roadside safety, and how road alignment interacts with surrounding landscape and urban space. Student understands the role of the planning phase of a road as a part of life cycle of a road.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2023 - 23.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Augusto Cannone Falchetto, Nina Raitanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Development and applications of concepts of geometric design for rural and urban roads
    - Design controls and criteria.
    - Design elements and their use (sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment, cross-section elements, highway types, intersection design elements, types of interchanges and interchange design elements, grade separations, and clearance)
    - Road location in a landscape (engineering, economic, and social aspects, ecology, aesthetics)
    - Design of streets
    - Drainage and road environment
    - Roadside safety and environment
    - Road planning process (plans, specifications, and controls)
    - Planning as a part of a life cycle of a road

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises, homework.

    Calculation, planning, and design exercises (75%) Learning diaries/Self-evaluation/ or quizzes (25 %).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 132 hours:

    Lectures 20h
    In-class calculation and design exercises/contact hours 28h
    Individual work, homework, etc. 84h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is now intended to be proposed every year with the condition that substantial teaching support will be provided to the responsible teacher.

    Learning outcomes and content might need some adjustment.

    The course could be potentially offered online. However, this will require the availability of teaching tools and software available online to instructors and students.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course:  Sisu ( Max 30 students. Primarily for students from Master's Programme in Geoengineering or MSc Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering.