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


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399253845

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.21

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

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

Pre-recorded lecture videos, tutorials, online collaboration spaces, self-directed learning in groups and design project/case study.

Pre-recorded lecture videos 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 pre-recorded lecture videos 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 the online Learning Management System.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements

AT1: Mid-semester test [20%]
A timed test of 45 minutesduation to be taken at any time during a 24 hour period.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3

AT2: Geometric design of roads [40%],

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 and 4

AT3: End of semester tests [40%]. Two timed tests of 70 minutes each to be taken any time during 24 hours period