Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog
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NATRS 403 - Transportation System Design

Credits: 5
An intermediate level class for foresters and resource managers in issues and responsibilities relating to transportation systems. Students study road types, standards and design procedures. Includes basic soil engineering, route surveying, reconnaissance and design software. Specialized topics include design and installation of drainage structures, erosion control techniques and methods, and material stockpiles. Covers administrative activities such as road costing, rules, regulations, permits and road maintenance plans.

Enrollment Requirement: NATRS 182  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; and concurrent enrollment in NATRS 401  and 402 ; and instructor consent.

Course Fee: $150.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify the different classification of haul roads such as Class A, B, C and D miles and the associated rate for each class and the different design and standards for permanent mainline roads, spurs and temporary roads.
  2. Demonstrate basic road engineering to perform road pegging, route surveying and reconnaissance, road location and field layout.
  3. Identify fish passage issues, proper drainage structures and different erosion control techniques as they pertain to road construction.
  4. Demonstrate their ability to analyze road costing, have knowledge of Forest Practice rules and regulations and the permitting process and maintenance dictate transportation designs.
  5. Demonstrate their knowledge to identify the difference between road abandonment, deactivation and decommissioning.

Program Outcomes
  1. Attain a job in the Natural Resources field.
  2. Manage Forestland or Resources to attain positive outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate good written and verbal communications between industry partners and cooperators.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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