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CIVL2700: Transport Systems

This unit of study aims to provide an introduction to transport systems and is assumed knowledge for the third year unit CIVL3703 Transport Policy, Planning and Deployment and CIVL3704 Transport Informatics and the fourth year units CIVL5701 Transport Networks and CIVL5702 Traffic Engineering. Topics include: transport and its role in society; accessibility; brief history of transport technologies in Australia and globally; transport modelling; the characteristics of the principal modes of transport; factors behind the demand for mobility; qualitative choice modeling; agent-based modeling; travel demand forecasting; the mechanics of queueing and traffic flow; intelligent transport systems; the microscopic and macroscopic fundamental diagrams; highway capacity and level of service; intersection control; the design of traffic signal timing; public transport operations.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code CIVL2700
Unit name Transport Systems
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

(MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023) AND MATH1005 AND ENGG1801. Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Mohsen Ramezani,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam hurdle task Final exam
45% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
Assignment Assignment 1
5% Week 06
Due date: 30 Mar 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO14
Assignment Assignment 2
5% Week 09
Due date: 27 Apr 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO9 LO13 LO14
Assignment group assignment Preliminary report of Assignment 4
1% Week 10
Due date: 04 May 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO8 LO9 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
In-semester test Midterm
25% Week 11 100~120 Minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO14 LO13 LO9 LO7 LO6 LO5
Assignment Assignment 3
5% Week 13
Due date: 25 May 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO10 LO11 LO13 LO14
Assignment group assignment Assignment 4
14% Week 14 (STUVAC)
Due date: 01 Jun 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO8 LO9 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Final exam: Students must achieve at least 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of their individual marks.


  • There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.


  • The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.


Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Assignments submitted electronically are due at 23:59 on the submission day. Assignment penalties for lateness is 5% per day. Assignments more than 10 days late or submitted once after the solutions are released on Canvas get 0.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Opening Session; Introduction to Transport Systems Lecture (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Open Discussion Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Transport Network Modelling (Traffic Assignment) Lecture (4 hr) LO4 LO6
Problem Solving Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 03 Choice Modelling Lecture (4 hr) LO4 LO6 LO9
Problem Solving Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Travel Demand Forecasting Lecture (4 hr) LO6 LO7
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO7 LO14
Week 05 Queueing Theory; Fundamental of Traffic Engineering Online class (4 hr) LO13
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO13 LO14
Week 06 Fundamental of Traffic Engineering; Traffic States Online class (4 hr) LO8 LO9 LO13
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO14
Week 07 Traffic States and Measurements; Macroscopic Traffic Models Online class (4 hr) LO6 LO9 LO13
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO13 LO14
Week 08 Highway Operations and Level of Service Online class (2 hr) LO4 LO7 LO14
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO12 LO13 LO14
Week 09 Principles of Intersection Control Online class (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8 LO9 LO11 LO13
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO8 LO11 LO13 LO14
Week 10 Traffic Signal Timing Design and Analysis Online class (4 hr) LO5 LO6 LO8 LO9 LO13
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO8 LO11 LO14
Week 11 Mid-Semester Exam; Public Transport Operation and Planning Online class (2 hr) LO4 LO10 LO13 LO14
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO12 LO13 LO14
Week 12 Public Transport Operation and Planning; Guest Lecture Online class (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO9 LO10
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO10 LO14
Week 13 Emerging Transport Technologies; Closing Session Online class (4 hr) LO5 LO9 LO12 LO14
Problem Solving Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO12 LO13 LO14

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Juan de Dios Ortúzar, Luis G. Willumsen, Modelling Transport (4th). 
  • Fred L. Mannering, Scott S. Washburn, Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis (5th). 
  • Roger P. Roess, Elena S. Prassas, William R. McShane, Traffic Engineering (3rd).

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Seek basic information to answer general transport queries using standard knowledge resources, e.g library inquiries and web-based information
  • LO2. Evaluate reliability of external information extracts and synthesize relevant content
  • LO3. Function effectively as an individual in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver traffic related projects
  • LO4. Recognise that safety, efficiency, and sustainability are all crucial considerations for the design of transport systems
  • LO5. Explain the characteristics of the Australian transport infrastructure and identify the challenges it is facing
  • LO6. Distinguish the specific characteristics of each transport mode and identify the appropriate tool(s) for the needed analysis
  • LO7. Apply travel demand forecasting methods to predict motor vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, and public transport flows given input land use, network geometry, and travel behaviour characteristics
  • LO8. Apply fundamental principles in the design of traffic controls
  • LO9. Demonstrate knowledge of the role that advanced technologies play and will play in the field of transport and traffic engineering
  • LO10. Recommend appropriate public transport service to serve new developments
  • LO11. Recommend appropriate measures for the design of a junction to serve all travelers and the community
  • LO12. Perform basic transport field data analysis
  • LO13. Apply traffic flow theory to the design and operation of transport infrastructure, e.g. ramp metering and traffic signal control
  • LO14. Undertake problem identification and formulation and develop solutions

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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