University of Technology Sydney

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 throughout the government and private sector. Students are introduced to the basic principles of transportation planning and comprehensive traffic engineering, which includes the technical components as well as the influence of environmental social 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 and 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 Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies
Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering 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

The subject is taught in Block Mode whereby the student is expected to attend all three (3) blocks of one and a half (1.5) days. The teaching will involve a mix of lectures and tutorial activities where students can work in small groups to solve example problems.

Lecture and tutorial material will be available through UTSOnline in advance of each block. Students are required to read the lecture notes before lectures. The lecturer will present lectures and work through examples and 'case studies' with the class in each block. Problem oriented teaching will be performed in this subject as most case studies and examples are extracted from real world consultancy/research projects. During the lecture component, students will be taught the key traffic engineering principles to address transport problems and the lecturer will lead students through problem identification and solution approaches. The tutorials are an interactive part of the learning process where students can work in groups to replicate the process taught by the lecturer, receiving in-class feedback upon completion of the exercises. In addition, supplementary material including further optional reading material and videos will be available for students on UTSOnline for self-learning purposes. Online discussion forums will also be available to facilitate peer learning opportunities for students. These can be used as a platform to clarify key concepts and host group discussions surrounding the assignment based assessment tasks.

Content (topics)

The subject provides the basic principles of traffic engineering and transportation planning. The subject covers 3 core areas, Traffic Flow Theory and Applications, Data Collection and Analysis and Transport Modelling. Technical aspects are considered in light of social, environmental and political constraints. Emphasis is directed towards the application of traffic engineering in the planning and reorganisation of traffic problems within public sector projects. This is a primary issue considering the considerable investment in transport infrastructure in recent times, thus highlighting the value in developing expertise in this technical area. The following program details the content delivered in each block.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Traffic Engineering Assignment

Intent:

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

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):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Criteria:

The assignment will be assessed based on the correctness of the application in traffic flow theory and the justification used in defining potential solutions.

Assessment task 2: Data collection, analysis and performance measurement Assignment

Intent:

Students are required to complete an assignment that focuses on data collection and analysis procedures normally undertaken by practicing Traffic Engineers and Transport Planners.

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):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Criteria:

The assignment will be assessed based on problem identification and definition, methodological approach and correctness of the assessment.

Assessment task 3: Final Examination

Intent:

Students are required to demonstrate their ability to undertake necessary calculations and interpret models and designs related to the traffic and transport discipline.

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):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

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 PowerPoint presentations; and
  5. Assignments set by the lecturer.