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Unit Overview


This unit covers road transportation and pavement engineering, including the impact of this type of engineering on society (e.g. urban structure, productivity, and the economy). Topics include: an introduction to road transport; geometric design of roads; pavement engineering; fundamentals of traffic flow and queuing theory; traffic control and analysis at signalised intersections; road capacity and level of service analysis; and, travel demand and traffic forecasting.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically discuss the role that road transport plays in modern societies concerning accessibility and mobility, economic growth, land use, productivity, pollution, safety, health, and wellbeing; (2) use traffic flow and queuing theories to explain real-world traffic phenomena and conduct basic calculations; (3) conduct geometry and pavement design of roads; (4) design traffic signals protocols; (5) carry out Level of Service evaluations of road segments and intersections to improve traffic flow and address traffic engineering problems; and (6) perform basic traffic forecasting by analysing the relationship between driver behaviour, transport supply and demand.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) group assignment; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Yuxia Hu
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points and ( MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus

and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation )
CIVL5502 Transportation Engineering (ID 2604)
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012)
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
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