Course Title: Sustainable Transport Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Transport Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Nirajan Shiwakoti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6193

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.030

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 transport infrastructure planning, design and construction are examined. Critical reviews are presented of ‘predict and provide’ versus ‘predict and manage’ oriented approaches and travel demand management is placed into context. The characteristics of transport modes are explored for assessing the suitability of a particular mode for an urban transport task. Public transport planning and operations are discussed in detail. Different techniques of traffic data collection are introduced. Emerging alternative vehicles and associated challenges are examined. Active transport is introduced along with challenges associated with planning for cycling and walking facilities. Principles for creating a safe transportation system are also discussed. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. 

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(( )

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course develops and assesses the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering 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
3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
3.4. Professional use and management of information.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Relate sustainability to the steps involved in transport planning and travel demand management along with evaluation of project alternatives.
  2. Investigate and analyse how sustainability and climate change are relevant to transport infrastructure  planning, design and construction
  3. Apply the theories and methods to the planning and operations of public transport and active transport.
  4. Apply the techniques of traffic data analysis and interpretation
  5. Analyse the link between the transport and land use systems and examine the interaction between accessibility and mobility
  6. Analyse the principles for creating safe transportation system.
  7. Critically review literature on contemporary challenges (e.g., transport and land use, sustainability and climate change, travel demand management, safer transportation) in developing sustainable transport systems.

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;
  • tutorial sessions: will help students to connect theory to practice, and reinforce the principles and concepts learnt in the lectures .

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas 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: 30%    
    Related course learning outcomes:
     1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    You will work on solving various various theoretical and numerical problems related to topics covered in this course
  • Assessment item:  Report
    Weighting of final grade:  30%             
    Related course learning outcomes: 7
    Description:  You will critically review  literature on contemporary issues in sustainable transport and submit a report
  • Assessment item:  Problem Solving 
    Weighting of final grade: 20%              
    Related course learning outcomes:  3
    Description: You will analyse, interpret and provide recommendations for a public transport network service plan. 
  • Assessment item: Report
    Weighting of final grade: 20%              
    Related course learning outcomes: 3, 4
    Description: You will be asked to plan, undertake and report on an observational survey