Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Transport Engineering 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Spatial Planning and Infrastructure

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of road transport policy, planning, design, construction and network management, where through the concepts of resource efficiency, material whole life considerations and more efficient processes and construction methods, students will be able to appreciate how the policies of sustainable mobility can be actually implemented.

Topics to be covered include: transport modeling, transport information systems, design of roadside elements and sustainable use of road materials.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to present students with a combined approach of policy and engineering principles and techniques in relation with the following topics:
- Transport modeling
- Transport information systems
- design of roadside elements
- sustainable use of road materials

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the latest developments in each of the topics through adequate literature reviews.
- Compare the business as usual approach versus elements of resource efficiency and a more sustainable approach through a review of latest policy and technical developments.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe and critically appraise the ways in which specific engineering developments are shaped by transport policy through a researched assignment.
- Present and discuss the outcome of their research through a presentation.
- Raise arguments on each specific topic through seminars.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- ICE Manual of highway design and management, Walsh, Ian D. (ed.), ICE Publishing, 2011.
- The Asphalt Handbook, Asphalt Institute, MS-4, 7th ed.
- Modeling Transport, 4th ed., Ortúzar S., Juan de Dios.; Willumsen, Luis G. , 2011.
- Handbook of Transport Modeling, 2nd ed., Hensher, David A.; Button, Kenneth J, 2008.
- Designing Geodatabases for Transportation, Butler, Allison J., 2008.


- CEN/TR 13201-1:2004 Road lighting - Part 1: Selection of lighting classes.
- EN 13201-2:2003 Road lighting - Part 2: Performance requirements.
- MSA EN 1317-1:2000 Road restraint systems. Terminology and general criteria for test methods.
- MSA EN 1317-2:2000 Road restraint systems. Performance classes, impact test acceptance criteria and test methods for safety barriers.
- MSA ENV 1317-4:2002 Road restraint systems - Part 4: Performance classes, impact test acceptance criteria and test methods for terminals and transitions of safety barriers.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: SPI3732, SPI3735

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 50%

Odette Lewis
David John Sutton

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