Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Dr Sara Moridpour

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2407

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Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Transport Engineering 1 introduces you to the role of engineers in planning, designing and managing the transport system and infrastructure. You will be exposed to various aspects of the transport system such as planning and design. These aspects represent integral components of civil and transport infrastructure. The importance of sustainability will be emphasised as you discover the impacts the transport task has on the environment and measures to ameliorate them. The course comprises theoretical components overlayed with modules of learning activities aimed at putting the theoretical knowledge into design practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC204 Master of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials:
1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
2. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
3. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
4. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
5. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Describe the basic components of transport system and infrastructure, their role, importance and characteristics.
2. Design and conduct traffic surveys to collect traffic data.
3. Apply engineering principles to identify and investigate traffic problems, to devise and evaluate sustainable solutions.
4. Design transport system components, in particular geometric design of roads and intersections.
5. Lectures, tutorials, online collaboration spaces, self-directed learning in groups, design project/case study.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn the theories in the lectures. Lectures will involve the discussion of theory on various elements of the transport system. Then, you will apply the knowledge in practice through tutorials. Tutorials will be framed around the demonstration of the theory and application through solving of relevant problems in class working in small groups. Action learning will be facilitated through students working in teams on transport engineering problems. Tutorials will sequentially work through various elements of the transport engineering design and management issues to develop the solutions.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of resources will be available through Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

AT1: Traffic signal design [10%],
AT2: Geometric design of roads [30%] -Preliminary Submission (10%), Final Submission (20%),
AT3: Geometric design of intersections [10%],
Weekly Quizzes [5%] - 5 Quizzes each worth 1%,
End of semester exam [45%].

First three assessment tasks are group projects and you are supposed to organise into groups of 4 or 5. Each group’s performance will be assessed based on your final project submissions as well as your progress over time on wikis. Each group member’s grading will be based on overall group grade, peer assessment from group members as well as tutor’s assessment of your participation in group project which will be judged by your participation in online wiki and tutorials.

Detailed project briefs will be provided on Blackboard for each assessment task. In addition, detailed rubrics will also be provided for assessment tasks AT1, AT2 and AT3 outlining the expected outputs to achieve different grades.

To pass this course you must:

Submit ALL three (3) assessment tasks and
achieve at least 50% in the final examination and
achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.

Final exam is a hurdle task which needs to be passed in order to pass this course. Failing the final exam will result in a final grade of ’NH’.