CIV5309 - Transport and traffic data - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Marilyn Johnson

Unit guides










This unit introduced students to the systematic collection, interpretation and presentation of transport and traffic data. The systems approach to survey design is introduced and the trade-offs involved in the allocation of survey resources are examined. The unit is designed to provide a rigorous and practical coverage of the collection of transport and traffic data using traditional traffic and travel surveys as well as through advanced technologies. The unit discusses new and innovative techniques for measuring and monitoring the performance of transportation systems and evaluating changes in demographic and urban travel characteristics. Students will be introduced to advanced transportation data collection technologies and will learn how to manage, analyse, and visualize large and advanced datasets.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Design traffic and transport data collection initiatives with due consideration to manual and automatic data collection options.

  2. Assess the tradeoffs involved in allocation of survey resources.
  3. Evaluate transport and traffic data on the basis of its quality and relevance and interpret that data to identify key insights.

  4. Design appropriate presentation of transport and traffic data to communicate its underlying temporal and spatial dimensions


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

Off-campus - 150 hours study

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Civil Engineering