Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Meead Saberi



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the field of transport and traffic engineering. The fundamental parameters used to describe deterministic traffic flow behaviour are introduced along with a simple traffic flow model. Stochastic traffic flow behaviour is described via random distributions. Fundamental queuing theory of traffic is briefly introduced. The procedures used to analyse the capacity and level of service are explored for both unsignalised and signalised intersections. The principle of traffic signal operation at isolated intersections is presented. Traffic surveys are discussed and students are introduced to contemporary road safety issues as well. Public transport is considered at the route level concerning the determination of fleet size and factors affecting operational capacity and reliability. Non-motorized transport including cyclists and pedestrians is also considered. In addition, the unit addresses Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Consideration will also be given to the role of communications in the practice of transport and traffic engineers. To enhance students' understanding of the unit content from practical points of view, some experts will be invited to give lectures on their relevant work. Throughout the whole unit, the focus is primarily on surface transport systems and applications of advanced technologies therein.


  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%.
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.

Workload requirements

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

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