CIV5316 - Fundamentals of urban public transport - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Graham Currie

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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.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the environment within which public transport planning and management is conducted and the fundamentals of public transport policy.
  2. Assess public transport markets, their influences, trends and sensitivity to both external influences and public transport service change.
  3. Appreciate and justify public transport service design including resource estimation, costing and performance analysis and the selection of modes and services in plans.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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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