C&ENVENG 4085 - Traffic Engineering & Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Elements of the road traffic system. Road safety and Sustainability. Principles of road design and safety infrastructure. Introduction to traffic data and traffic studies. Introduction to traffic analysis and modelling. Traffic management principles and applications including Local Area Traffic Management and Network management. Introduction to traffic flow theory and principles of traffic signal operation and junction design. Traffic control and Intelligent Transport Systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4085
    Course Traffic Engineering & Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week plus directed study
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment May include assignments and/or exam - details provided at beginning of Semester
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Stokes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the importance of road traffic systems and their role in shaping our urban world;
    2 Explain the economic, safety and environmental benefits and costs of road traffic systems and the management of these systems;
    3 Explain geometric design principles and the application of these principles to road design;
    4 Explain traffic management techniques, including the development of traffic signal phasing mechanisms;
    5 Explain Safe Systems principles and how these are translated into practice in the road traffic system;
    6 Discuss basic traffic theory principles and statistical methods;
    7 Discuss future technologies, including infrastructure and vehicle technologies, and their role in the road traffic system.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   2.1   2.3   3.1   3.2   3.4   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The core topics covered in this course will be delivered through weekly lectures. A major project, delivered through three phases, will be used to develop students' understanding of the core topics.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures – 24 hours
    Tutorials and design sessions – 34 hours
    Personal and group study – 98 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Project
    1 Course introduction and overview
    Road design - design speeds and sight distances
    2 Road design - cross section and delineation
    Road design - Road hierarchy and use
    3 Road design - alignment
    Traffic management - signals (introduction)
    4 Traffic management - signals (phasing)
    Traffic management - signals (example)
    Phase 1
    5 Traffic management - intersections and LATM
    Traffic analysis - surveys, data and methods
    Phase 1
    6 Traffic theory - uninterrupted flows
    Traffic theory - interupted flows
    Phase 2
    7 Guest lecture Phase 2
    8 Road safety - introduction and safety audits
    Road safety - Safe System
    Phase 3
    9 Road safety - Safe System tools
    Road safety - Safe System Assessment Framework
    Phase 3
    10 Road safety - barriers and intersection treatments
    Road safety - vulnerable road users and human factors
    Phase 3
    11 Road safety - vehicle technology
    12 Course revision
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Project Phase 1 20 Individual Summative Week 6 2. 3.
    Project Phase 2 20 Group Summative Week 8 2. 4. 6.
    Project Phase 3 10 Group Summative Week 10 2. 5.
    Online tutorials 20 Individual Summative Weeks 2-11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Exam 30 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Consistent with School policy, in order to pass the course, students must obtain at least 40% in the examination. In addition, and in accordance with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment policy, students must complete all specified mandated assessment tasks* to be eligible for an Additional Assessment.
    *: Project Phases 1 – 3.
    Assessment Detail
    ·       Project – Phase 1: Individual assignment where students will be required to submit a report and calculations via electronic and hardcopy formats.
    ·       Project – Phase 2: Group assignment where students will be required to submit a report and calculations via electronic and hardcopy formats.
    ·       Project – Phase 3: Individual assignment where students will be required to submit a report and calculations via electronic and hardcopy formats.
    ·       Exam: Restricted open book examination covering all topics delivered during lectures and covered in Phases 1 – 3 of the Project.
    Project – Phases 1 – 3 are to be submitted via electronic format as instructed at the start of each phase:
    ·       Electronic submissions will be made through MyUni.
    ·       An assessment cover-sheet must be attached to all hardcopy submissions.
    ·       A penalty of 10% per day will be applied to late submissions submitted after the due date and time.
    ·       Extensions will be granted by the course coordinator for medical and compassionate reasons, extenuating circumstances (see Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment policy) and in-line with the Reasonable Adjustments to Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Students with a Disability policy. Evidence must be provided for an extension to be granted (e.g. a medical certificate). 
    ·       Marks and feedback for project submissions will be returned within 4 weeks of each submission due date.
    ·       Marks will be submitted on MyUni. Feedback will be provided via hardcopy format (on submitted reports) and will be available from the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering assignment room.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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