Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Filippo Giustozzi

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2035

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.05C

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 have on the environment and measures to ameliorate them. The course comprises both theoretical components and application of theoretical knowledge into design practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.6 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 and to devise and evaluate sustainable solutions.
  4. Design transport system components, in particular geometric design of roads and intersections.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, online collaboration spaces, self-directed learning in groups and design project/case study.

Lectures will involve the discussion of theory on various elements of the transport system. You will then apply theoretical knowledge in practice in tutorials, solving relevant problems in class working in small groups. Tutorials will sequentially work through various elements of the transport engineering design and management issues. Action learning will be facilitated through students working in teams on transport engineering problems. 

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in lectures and tutorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of resources will be available through Blackboard.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements

AT1: Traffic signal design [10%],

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 3

AT2: Geometric design of roads [30%] - Preliminary Submission (10%), Final Submission (20%),

This assessment task supports CLOs  3, 4

AT3: Geometric design of intersections [10%],

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 4

Weekly Quizzes [5%] - 5 Quizzes each worth 1%,

End of semester exam [45%].

The initial three assessment tasks are group projects and you will be organised 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. Individual 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 the group project (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 achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.