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 principles in practice. 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 and analyse traffic and transportation terminology, traffic engineering principles, statistics, data collection approaches, evaluation methodologies.
2. Examine and apply industry standards and guidelines to develop sustainable traffic management plans for local and regional communities.
3. Apply design principles in the planning and engineering of critical transport infrastructure.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, and influence stakeholders, and apply expert judgment establishing and managing constraints, conflicts and uncertainties within a hazards and risk framework to define system requirements and interactivity. (B.1)
  • 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)

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 will be delivered in remote learning Block mode primarily based on the UTS Canvas and Microsoft Teams platform. The Microsoft Teams platform will be used as the main source of communication to clarify key concepts and host group discussions surrounding assessment tasks in the subject.

Students will be provided pre-recorded lecture and tutorial material as well as having interactive live discussion sessions during the “Blocks” defined in the subject program to clarify understanding. The integration of learning activities will provide students the opportunity to engage in 'real-world' traffic engineering applications and projects. Students are encouraged to read, analyse and reflect on the lecture and tutorial material, which are uploaded to UTS Canvas, before the online discussion sessions to identify challenges and gaps in understanding of the content. Tutorial problems will primarily focus on problem solving using real world examples that a Traffic Engineer would face in practice.

Content (topics)

The subject provides an introduction to the basic principles of traffic engineering and transport planning. The subject covers 3 core areas:

- Traffic Flow Theory and Applications

  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Traffic Studies
  • Traffic Management Applications

- Transport Infrastructure Design and Modelling

  • Transport Modelling
  • Signalised Intersection Analysis and Design

-Travel data Collection and Analysis

  • Data collection methods
  • Survey Design and data analysis

Technical aspects are considered in light of social, environmental and political constraints. Emphasis is directed towards the application of traffic engineering in public sector projects. This is a primary issue considering the public investment in transport infrastructure in recent times, thus highlighting the value in developing expertise in this technical area.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Traffic Engineering

Intent:

Students will be able to apply traffic flow theory to practical problems faced by practitioners. Specifically students will solve numerical problems and also assess transport management strategies.

Objective(s):

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

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and C.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
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: Transport modelling and operations

Intent:

This assessment task is designed to evaluate a student’s ability to develop solutions to real-world operational problems within a road network through the application of models or traffic engineering theory.

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 and C.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Criteria:

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

Assessment task 3: Data collection, analysis and performance measurement

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 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and C.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria:

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

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 UTS Canvas 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.