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,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

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 (PLOs) for:  
BH077P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
BH080P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)
BH088CIH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
PLO 5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
PLO 6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.
PLO 7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:  
BH076 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours)
BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)(Honours)
BH088CIHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BH092SSHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BH100SSHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng) (Honours) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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 Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as pre-recorded lecture videos, tutorials, online collaboration spaces, self-directed learning in groups and design project/case study. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.