CIVL5502 Transportation Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is designed to develop students' knowledge in road transportation engineering and studies (e.g. road transportation and the societies, geometric design of roads, pavement design, fundamentals of traffic flow and queuing theory, road capacity and level of service analysis, traffic control and analysis at signalised intersections, travel demand and traffic forecasting, and economic evaluation of road projects). Students who pass the unit have opportunities to work in transport planning, traffic engineering and road design. The objective of the unit is to develop an understanding of the composition and behaviour of traffic, its demands on the road system and project evaluation, and a working knowledge of the functional design of highways. On completion of the unit, students are able to apply knowledge of highway engineering, traffic analysis, design of signalised intersections and road project evaluation. The topics include (1) introduction to road transport; (2) geometric design of roads; (3) pavement design; (4) fundamentals of traffic flow and queuing theory; (5) road capacity and level of service analysis; (6) traffic control and analysis at signalised intersections; and (7) travel demand and traffic forecasting.
Students are able to (1) write a sound technical report in the context of transport studies; (2) demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills; (3) utilise information literacy skills; (4) critically discuss the role that road transport plays in modern societies with respect to its contribution to improvement of accessibility and mobility, economic growth, greenhouse emissions and road-related fatalities and injuries; (5) carry out preliminary design of road geometry and pavement; (6) conduct performance evaluation of road segments with respect to level of service; (7) design signalised intersections and evaluate the corresponding level of service; and (8) describe the principles/theories for carrying out traffic forecasts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group assignment; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chao Sun
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study:
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering (formerly ENSC1001 Engineering Challenges in a Global World)
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
CIVL4180 Transportation Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 24 hours; practical classes: 24 hours

Mannering & Washburn Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis, 5th edition SI Version: Wiley 2013

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