Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transport Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


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,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Filippo Giustozzi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399252035

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.05C

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 road transport system and infrastructure. You will be exposed to various aspects of the road 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 transport engineering has on the environment. 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 the road transport system and infrastructure, their role, importance and characteristics.
  2. Apply engineering principles to identify and investigate road engineering problems and to devise and evaluate sustainable solutions.
  3. 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 road transport system. You will then put the theoretical knowledge in practice during tutorials, solving relevant problems in class and working in small groups. Tutorials will sequentially work through various elements of the road engineering design and management issues via dedicated software. Action learning will be facilitated through students working in teams on transport engineering problems. 

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

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester test [20%]
A timed test of 45 minutes duration to be taken at any time during a 24 hour period.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 2: Geometric design of roads [40%]

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3

Assessment Task 3: Workplace Practical Assignment [40%].
A timed assessment of 24 hours that is intended to simulate the type of work that would occur in the workplace.