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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Y B Wang


The fundamental variables used to describe traffic flow are considered and the procedures used to analyse the capacity and level of service of both signalised and unsignalised intersections are explored. Students will be introduced to aaSIDRA intersection analysis software. Traffic surveys are also considered in detail. Public transport is also considered through an examination at the route level including determination of fleet size and factors affecting operational reliability. Intelligent transport systems are also examined. Consideration will be given to the role of communications, encompassing oral, written and drawing components, in the practice of transport and traffic engineers.


  1. Familiarity with the basic parameters and theories of traffic flow
  2. knowledge of the role that advanced technology is playing, and will play, in the transport/traffic area
  3. awareness of the importance of both safety and congestion reduction objectives as crucial design considerations in the transport/traffic field
  4. appreciation of the relationship of transport/traffic engineering to the profession of civil engineering
  5. ability to design, undertake and analyse traffic surveys
  6. ability to apply basic traffic flow theory to the analysis of unsignalised intersection capacity
  7. ability to design timing plans for isolated traffic signals
  8. ability to work effectively in a team as a leader and/or a member
  9. oral, written and drawing communication skills.


Four assignments: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
To achieve a pass in the unit students must pass both the examination and cumulative assessment component.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours of practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week