Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)G Currie


CIV5316 covers public transport planning from a range of perspectives including policy, demand/markets, supply/operations and infrastructure. Policy analysis provides an understanding of the strategic, institutional and political context within which services are provided. This illustrates the diverse and often conflicting objectives which drive the development and planning of services. Demand/market analysis introduces students to the range of markets and their drivers. Supply/operations and infrastructure analysis provides an overview of the types of services which are provided and the operational, engineering and technology issues which govern their effective deployment.


The objectives of the unit are to develop attitudes to:

  • understanding of the framework within which public transport planning and management is conducted and the foundations of public transport policy;
  • appreciation of the nature and trends of public transport markets, and the sensitivity of these markets to both external influences and public transport service change;
  • knowledge of the performance, impacts and costs of various public transport systems, services and modes and the factors influencing improvements to these systems;
  • appreciation of the issues relevant to selecting a particular public transport mode for a particular transport task; and
  • understanding of the factors to be considered in conducting demand and operational analysis in public transport.


Assignments: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeffrey Walker

Contact hours

150 hours study

Off-campus attendance requirements

150 hours study