Course Title: Sustainable Transport Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Transport Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Nirajan Shiwakoti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6193

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Fundamental knowledge on transport and traffic will be an advantage.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the concept of sustainable transport along with the steps in transport planning process. Sustainability, climate change and their impacts on road planning, design and construction are examined. Critical review of ‘predict and provide’ versus ‘predict and manage’ oriented approaches to address transport challenges are presented and travel demand management is placed into context. The characteristics of transport modes are examined for assessing the suitability of a particular mode for an urban transport task. Emerging alternative vehicles and associated challenges are examined. Active transport is introduced along with issues associated with cycling, walking and public transport. Principles for creating a safe road environment are also discussed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

1 Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2 Problem Solving and Design
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3 Analysis
• Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4 Professional Practice
• Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

5 Research
• Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
• Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities
• Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

 Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship of sustainability to the steps involved in transport planning and travel demand management along with evaluation of alternatives.
  2. Investigate and analyse how sustainability and climate change are relevant to road planning, design and construction
  3. Apply the theories and methods to the planning and operations of public transport and active transport.
  4. Analyse the link between the transport and land use systems and examine the interaction between accessibility and mobility
  5. Analyse the road safety philosophy and examine the principles for creating safe road environment.
  6. Research the contemporary issues in sustainable transport.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures: will guide students through important principles and concepts and assist in appropriate problem solving techniques;
  • laboratory or tutorial sessions: will help students to connect theory to practice, and reinforce the principles and concepts learnt in the lectures; and
  • project work: will help students learn many useful techniques for engineering project activities, including how to interact with staff and fellow students in a smaller group setting, communication and leadership skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on myRMIT. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

Assessment item: Problem solving
Weighting of final grade: 15%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 3
Description: You will work on solving various fundamental and advanced numerical problems related to evaluation of alternatives and public transport

Assessment item: Report
Weighting of final grade: 25%
Related course learning outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6
Description: You will submit a research report on a case study on sustainable transport

Assessment item: Presentation
Weighting of final grade: 10%
Related course learning outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6
Description: You will present and defend the key findings from the case study on sustainable transport

Assessment item: Exam
Weighting of final grade: 50%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: A closed book exam covering the topics on Sustainable Transport Systems covered in the class