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Qualification Title Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways)
Qualification Type Graduate Diploma
Level 7
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Civil Engineering » Transport Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The GradDipEng(Highways) is a 120 credit one-year (full-time equivalent) qualification designed to provide holders of non-civil engineering qualifications an opportunity to acquire technical knowledge in highway engineering and general knowledge of applied management.
Graduate profile
On completion of the GradDipEng (Highways) graduates will be able to:
* Apply advanced technical knowledge in a highway design or construction environment.
* Innovatively apply and modify practices in the field of highway engineering.
* Creatively plan, design, control, budget and prioritise highway construction and maintenance programmes to standards required by the engineering profession.
* Provide managerial input into highway engineering projects and activities.
* Implement and complete projects without direct supervision.
* Undertake a wide range of support activities, including organization, management, liaison and public relations.
* Analyse and evaluate technical and economic options.
* Display substantial personal and professional communication skills, both verbal and written.
* Exercise responsibility for the work of others, including cost effective allocation of resources.
* Maintain individual quality standards.
* Continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications.

These graduates will be well placed to move into employment and/or further education in areas of:
* Design of roads
* Maintenance of roads
* Project management
* Local government
* Asset management
Education pathways
Continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications.
Entry Requirements
In order to be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) applicants must meet:either:
The normal admission requirements listed under Clause 5.1.1;
or:
The special admission requirements listed under Clause 5.1.2;
and:
The English language requirements listed under Clause 5.1.3.
Normal minimum admission requirements
The applicant must:
(i) have an appropriate (e.g. engineering, science, geology or similar) degree or higher tertiary qualification,

and:
(ii) satisfy the Programme Manager, with advice from academic staff, that grades achieved in previous qualifications, especially in mathematics, are deemed sufficient to ensure successful completion of the programme.
Special admission
Notwithstanding the above admission categories, in special circumstances applicants who are able to show evidence of an ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided that:
(i) They have completed a qualification from another tertiary provider deemed by the Programme Manager to bring them to the required academic entry level;
Or
(ii) In the opinion of the Programme Manager, with advice from other academic staff or National Advisory Committee members, have equivalent knowledge and skills; previous and ongoing life or work experience; or other formal or
informal study, comparable with the requirements of Clause 5.1.1, together with strong likelihood of successful programme completion.
A student entering the Graduate Diploma programme under the above provisions may be required to follow an approved introductory course of study as a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
English Language
In addition, the following requirements apply to applicants in both admission categories:
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English are required to provide evidence of having passed such tests of English language competence as detailed in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Ltd
Quality Assured By Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Quality
Number TK0502
Status Current
Created July 2005
Next Review January 2016
Content
Compulsory:
Wearing Surface Technology
Engineering Management
Highway Engineering 1

Electives:
Traffic Engineering
Road Asset Management
Project Management
Management Fundamentals OR Engineering Economics
Geometric Design
Drainage Design
Pavement Design
Traffic Operations & Planning

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