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CIVL9700: Transport Systems

This unit of study aims to provide an introduction to transport systems and is assumed knowledge for units on traffic engineering, transport planning, and city logistics. Topics include: the role of accessibility as the reason for transport; the history of transport technologies in Australia and globally; the characteristics of the principle modes of transport; factors behind the demand for mobility; qualitative choice modeling; agent-based modeling; predicting travel demands; the mechanics of queueing and traffic flow; intelligent transport systems; the microscopic and macroscopic fundamental diagrams; highway capacity and level of service; the design of transport junctions.

Code CIVL9700
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming

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, 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. Recognize 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.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.