University Of New South Wales

Sustainable Transport and Highway Engineering


Iowa State Course Substitution

Principles of Transportation Engineering

C E 355

Course Info

International Credits: 6.0
Converted Credits: 4.0
Country: Australia
Language: English
Course Description:
COURSE DETAILS Units of Credit 6 Contact hours 5 hours per week Class Monday, 13:00 – 15:00 Tuesday, 15:00 – 16:00 Matthews Theatre A Sir John Clancy Auditorium Workshops Tuesday, 16:00 – 18:00 Course Coordinator and Lecturer Dr Lauren Gardner email: office: CE112 Lecturer PTA Dr Kasun Wijayaratna email: office: CE111 Divya Jayakumar Nair, INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE This is the first introductory course into the discipline of transport engineering as part of the broad field of civil and environmental engineering. An outline of the field of transport engineering and its relationships with other engineering and non-engineering disciplines is provided within the course. The basic concepts and terminology of the discipline is introduced. The course comprises of two strands. The first strand of the course covers the first 6 weeks of the session. This section of the course is concerned with the analysis, design and evaluation of traffic and network systems, including basics of traffic flow theory and the steps of the regional transport planning process. The lectures and workshops will provide an opportunity to learn engineering properties of traffic streams along with relevant measurement and network analysis techniques. The aim of the second strand is to give students a brief overview of the geometric design of Rural Highways and Roads, which will be covered in weeks 7-12. Road design is usually undertaken by specialists under the supervision of a civil engineer. The engineer must therefore have a good understanding of the design methods and the quality requirements to enable him/her to evaluate the design. The progress of the project work will be noted by the demonstrators. The design strategies being taught are based on the Austroads Road Design Guide. HANDBOOK DESCRIPTION See link to virtual handboo: OBJECTIVES The first strand is expected to develop skills related to the analysis of traffic and transport systems. Topics include: overview of the transport task, trends in motorization, sustainable transport, motorized and non-motorized transport, traffic flow fundamentals, definitions and concepts related to land use and transport systems; prediction methods of future transport demand; modeling and evaluation of transport systems; transport operations and traffic management. CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 2 • Understand components of the field of transport engineering. • Learn the basic terminology of transport and traffic engineering practice. • Learn urban transport planning concepts adopted by planning agencies and Roads and Traffic Authorities. • Learn management methods related to road network systems. The second strand is expected to develop skills related to highway design. Topics include: introduction to road design, route location process, design practice of urban and rural roads. During the course we will: • Introduce the basic principles of road geometric design. • Explain the methods of geometric design including horizontal and vertical alignment design and design of cross-sections as well as earthwork volume calculations. TEACHING STRATEGIES The following teaching strategies will be used in the course: Private Study  Review lecture material and textbooks  Do set problems and assignments  Use Moodle for discussions  Download class notes from Moodle if not collected during classes  Reflect on class problems and assignments Lectures  Find out what you must learn  See methods that are not in the textbook  Follow worked examples  Hear announcements on course changes Workshops  Be guided by demonstrators  Practice solving set problems  Work with peers to apply theoretical concepts within realistic design scenarios  Ask questions Assessments  Demonstrate your knowledge and skills  Demonstrate higher understanding and problem solving EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES A successful study of the first strand will enable students to • Explain relationships between fundamental traffic flow parameters; • Describe basics of transport modeling concepts; • Calculation methods related to each step of the four step planning process; • Calculate trip generation; • Calculate trip distribution and mode choice • Calculations methods related to traffic assignment; • Route choice calculations; • Perform computational evaluations of network traffic management methods; • Evaluate the transport system conditions based on demand forecast. By successfully completing the second strand of this course students will be able to • Develop horizontal and vertical alignments for simple road sections on different types of terrain; • Evaluate the alignment design according to various design criteria; • Design cross-sections appropriate for various types of roads; • Calculate the earthwork volumes of a designed road section; • Present and document a road design in a standard format; • Prepare technical reports that explain the road design process and detailed calculations; • Use design software to analyse and create road alignments. For each hour of contact it is expected that a student will put in at least 1.5 hours of private study. CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 3 ASSESSMENT The final grade for this course will be based on the sum of the scores from the assignments and the final examination. For the values of the single components see the table below: Strand Assessment Weighting Assessment Criteria 1 Weekly Moodle Quizzes (Weeks 1-5) 5% Weekly online quizzes will be administered via Moodle. The Moodle quizzes will be based on the material covered in lectures and workshops. The quizzes will cover the material presented on Monday and Tuesday of that week. The Moodle quizzes will be open book, and are intended to help prepare the students for the mid-session quiz and final exam. The weekly assessments also provide a means for continuous assessment and feedback for students throughout Strand 1. The questions will be marked based on technical accuracy. There will be 5 quizzes in total, one administered every week (between Week 1 and Week 5) which will be accessible for a 30 hour period immediately succeeding the workshop (6:00PM Tuesday - 11:59PM Wednesday). Failure to complete a quiz within the accessible time period will result in a mark of zero. The performance in each quiz will contribute to 1% of the final grade. 1 Mid-session Exam 20% A mid-session exam will be administered in the Week 6 Workshop. The quiz will cover Strand 1 material (Week 1 to Week 5 Lectures), and is intended to assess student’s knowledge of the expected learning outcomes, prepare students for the final exam, and discourage last minute cramming. The quiz will be assessed on technical accuracy. Failure to attend the mid-session exam will result in a mark of zero. Students who miss the assessment as a result of illness or unforeseen circumstances must apply for special considerations through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and contact the course-coordinator. The performance in the midsession exam will contribute to 20% of the final grade. 2 Design Assignment 25% Strand 2 will be assessed through a group design assignment which will be made available to students at the beginning of Week 7 (April 10) and will be due at the end of Week 13 (May 26th). Students are expected to work in teams of 2 or 3, and apply the theoretical knowledge gained during lectures and workshops to complete a preliminary road design using the Infraworks360 design software, in a realistic context. Students must submit a technical report detailing the design calculations and associated technical drawings. The design assignment will assess the expected learning outcomes in a practical setting and expose students to software used in industry. The assignment will be assessed based on technical accuracy, clarity in reporting and presentation. A late penalty of 10% per day will apply for failure to submit the assignment by the stated due date. Any reports submitted 7 or more days after the deadline will receive a mark of zero. The performance in the design assignment will contribute to 25% of the final grade. CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 4 Strand Assessment Weighting Assessment Criteria 1 & 2 Final Exam 50% A 2-hour closed-book final exam will be administered at the end of the semester. The exam will be cumulative (covering both Strand 1 and Strand 2 material), and intended to assess the student’s knowledge of the material covered throughout the entire course. The exam questions (and weighting) will be evenly split between the two strands of the courses. The exam will be assessed on technical accuracy. The performance in the final exam will contribute to 50% of the final grade. In order to pass the course, a student MUST achieve a mark greater than 40% in the final exam to demonstrate a holistic understanding of the course material. If below a 40% is scored on the Final Exam, the final exam mark will replace your course mark. Students who perform poorly in the assignment and workshops are recommended to discuss progress with the lecturer during the semester. The lecturer reserves the right to adjust the final scores by scaling if agreed to by the Head of School. The pass mark in this course is 50% overall, however, students must score at least 40% in the final examination in order to qualify for a Pass in this course. If below a 40% is scored on the Final Exam, the final exam mark will replace your course mark. Please note that passing of all course components is required to pass the subject. CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 5 COURSE PROGRAM - LECTURES Week Date Topic Strand 1: Taught by Dr Lauren Gardner 1 Monday, 27 February Introduction to Transport Systems and Planning 1 Tuesday, 28 February The 4-Step Urban Transport Planning Model 2 Monday, 6 March Traffic Flow Theory 2 Tuesday, 7 March Traffic Flow Theory 3 Monday, 13 March Queuing Theory 3 Tuesday, 14 March Trip Generation 4 Monday, 20 March Destination Choice 4 Tuesday, 21 March Mode Choice 5 Monday, 27 March Mode Choice 5 Tuesday, 28 March Route Choice 6 Monday, 3 April Project Selection 6 * Tuesday, 4 April Applications of Traffic Planning Strand 2: Taught by Dr Kasun Wijararatna 7 Monday, 10 April Introduction into road design, route location 7 Tuesday, 11 April Speed parameters Monday, 17 April Mid Semester Break Tuesday, 18 April Mid Semester Break 8 Monday, 24 April Horizontal alignment 8 Tuesday, 25 April No Lecture 9 Monday, 1 May Horizontal alignment 9 Tuesday, 2 May Horizontal alignment 10 Monday, 8 May Vertical alignment 10 Tuesday, 9 May Vertical alignment 11 Monday, 15 May Vertical alignment 11 Tuesday, 16 May Cross sections 12 Monday, 22 May Cross sections 12 Tuesday, 23 May Earth works 13 Monday, 29 May No Lecture 13 Tuesday, 30 May Earth works * Mid-session Exam CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 6 COURSE PROGRAM - WORKSHOPS Week Date Topic Weekly Assessment Stream 1 – Traffic Engineering and Planning 1 Tuesday, 28 February Transport Planning Moodle Quiz 1: (1%) 2 Tuesday, 7 March Estimation of speed flow characteristics Moodle Quiz 2: (1%) 3 Tuesday, 14 March Queuing theory and Trip Generation Moodle Quiz 3: (1%) 4 Tuesday, 21 March Trip Distribution and Mode Choice Moodle Quiz 4: (1%) 5 Tuesday, 28 March Traffic Assignment Moodle Quiz 5: (1%) 6 Tuesday, 4 April Mid-session Exam (20%) 7 Tuesday, 11 April Introduction to Infraworks360 and Assessing Existing Conditions Road Design Assignment Brief Released: 10/4/17 Stream 2 – Geometric Design Break Tuesday, 18 April Mid semester break 8 Tuesday, 25 April No Workshop – Anzac Day 9 Tuesday, 2 May Horizontal Alignment 10 Tuesday, 9 May Vertical Alignment 11 Tuesday, 16 May Cross-Sections and Earthworks 12 Tuesday, 23 May Completing a Preliminary Road Design Road Design Assignment (25%): Due 26/5/2017 13 Tuesday, 30 May Review Workshop RELEVANT RESOURCES All required reading will be provided in the form of lecture notes. Recommended reading (available in the library):  Copies of class notes are available at the Moodle site for this course:  Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis, Revised Edition/ Fred L. Mannering, Scott S. Washburn, Walter P. Kilareski  Modelling Transport, Fourth Edition/Juan de Dios Ortúzar, Luis G. Willumsen o Comments: Modelling Transport, Fourth Edition is Published Online: DATES TO NOTE Refer to MyUNSW for Important Dates available at: PLAGIARISM Beware! An assignment that includes plagiarised material will receive a 0% Fail, and students who plagiarise may fail the course. Students who plagiarise are also liable to disciplinary action, including exclusion from enrolment. Plagiarism is the use of another person’s work or ideas as if they were your own. When it is necessary or desirable to use other people’s material you should adequately acknowledge whose words or ideas they are and where you found them (giving the complete reference details, including page number(s)). The Learning Centre provides further information on what constitutes Plagiarism at: CVEN2401 – Semester 1, 2017– Course Profile - 7 ACADEMIC ADVICE (Formerly known as Common School Information) For information about:  Notes on assessments and plagiarism,  School policy on Supplementary exams,  Special Considerations,  Solutions to Problems,  Year Managers and Grievance Officer of Teaching and Learning Committee, and  CEVSOC. Refer to Academic Advice on the School website available at:


Evaluation Date:
February 26, 2018
Jing Dong