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49102 Traffic and Transportation

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UTS: Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

The objective of this subject is to provide students with the knowledge to implement traffic engineering professional practice in local government. Students are introduced to the basic principles of transportation planning and comprehensive traffic engineering, including technical aspects and the influence of environmental legislation and political factors.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Explain traffic and transportation terminology, methodology & principles.
2. Analyse, predict, and formulate designs based upon technical data and standards.
3. Analyze traffic statistics.
4. Design critical transport infrastructure.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

  • Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies (B.1)
  • Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications (B.2)
  • Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability (B.4)
  • Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation (C.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies
Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering Practice should note that this subject contributes to the assurance of Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4.

Teaching and learning strategies

Lecture material will be available through UTSOnline. Classroom presentation will be by overhead projector and whiteboard. Where possible, audio visual presentations will be facilitated by use of ‘powerpoint’ and when appropriate video recordings will be screened. Workshops are an interactive part of the learning process where relevant traffic and transportation engineering issues are worked through together with students. Students are required to read the lecture notes before lectures. Some real world traffic engineering design problems are included in the lecture notes and students need to identify the problems and gaps. During the lecture, you will be taught how to apply traffic engineering principles to address those real world problems; you will also need to calculate the indicators in class and check the solutions with your classmate; and finally the lecturer will lead you to solve the problems.

The subject is taught in Block Mode whereby the student is expected to attend all three (3) blocks of one and a half (1 ½) days. There is approximately 5-6 weeks between blocks.

The lecturer will present lectures and work through examples and “case studies” with the class in each block, which contributes to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4. Problem based learning activities are performed in this subject as most case studies and examples are extracted from real world consultancy/research projects.

Students are expected to undertake study outside the classroom, which must be at least the equivalent in hours to those spent in the classroom. Students are encouraged to work together for their assignments through group discussion and peer review.

Content (topics)

The subject provides the basic principles of traffic engineering and transportation planning. Technical aspects are considered in light of environmental and political issues are analysed. Emphasis is directed towards the application of traffic engineering in the planning and reorganisation of traffic problems within the local government sector.  As this is a major concern of local government, expertise in this technical area is of paramount importance and is most relevant.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Final Examination

Intent:

Students will be required to address small scale real world traffic problems (e.g. intersection capacity improvement) by applying traffic engineering standards and theories.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2, B.4 and C.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Problem solving 40 2 B.1, B.2
Problem formulation 40 1, 2, 3 B.2, C.1
Problem statement 20 1, 2 B.4, C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Traffic Engineering Assignment

Intent:

This assessment is to test students' capability of applying traffic engineering principles/standards to solve real world problems.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2 and C.1

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria:

The assisgnment will be assessed by problem statement (20%), problem formulation (40%), and problem solving (40%).

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Problem solving 40 1, 2, 3, 4 B.1, C.1
Problem formulation 40 1, 2, 4 B.2, C.1
Problem statement 20 1, 2, 4 B.2, C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

Papacostas, C.S. and Prevedouros, P.D. (2005), Transportation Engineering and Planning, (SI Edition), Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs. N.J.  ISBN 0-13-197309-6

References

AGTM 2009 Guide to Traffic Management, Austroads.

Other resources

All students must access the UTSOnline site regularly for information on the following matters:

  1. Specific instructions relating to attendance at and/or requirements for lectures;
  2. Changes to the Subject program, namely lectures and/or lecturer;
  3. Supplementary lecture material; 
  4. Selected “Power-point” presentations; and
  5. Assignments set by the lecturer.