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Unit Overview


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, 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) fundamentals of traffic flow and queuing theory; (3) traffic control and analysis at signalised intersections; (4) road capacity and level of service analysis; (5) travel demand and traffic forecasting (6) geometric design of roads.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

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 ; (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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chao Sun
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation).
for pre-2012 courses: none
CIVL4180 Transportation Engineering
Advisable prior study
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering (formerly ENSC1001 Engineering Challenges in a Global World)
and MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
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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