Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Graham 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.

Workload requirements

150 hours study

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