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CIVL5701: Transport Networks

This unit of study aims to provide an introduction to the intersections of theory and applications in Transport Networks, Geography, and Land Use. It describes how to characterize networks, (topology, hierarchy, morphology), and how that affects the use of those networks. The course is a mix between a lecture and a student-led seminar, with students responsible for researching and presenting on a number of the topics, as well as developing a course text in a wikibook format. Students will learn the basics of networks and how transportation systems function on them.

Code CIVL5701
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL2700 OR CIVL9700

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

  • LO1. develop a transport network plan for a potential development site, share with class
  • LO2. use a network evolution model: understand the iterative growth of networks; understand place formation as a response to the growth of networks; understand the impact of first mover advantages
  • LO3. draw implications of alternative policies on transportation network growth; demonstrate transportation planning model (modeling process); practice the methods of system analysis
  • LO4. analyse the accessibility of a metropolitan region: create a mobility (isochrone) map for one place in a metropolitan area by multiple modes; create an isochrone for one mode for several different areas in the region, compare these locations spatially, and discuss the effect of network structure and location on mobility; create an accessibility map for multiple modes for a consistent time of day for one year; comment on the differences in the accessibility by mode.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.