CIV5318 - Intelligent transportation systems: engineering and management - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker



Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)








This unit is only available to students enrolled in the double award Master International/Master of Transportation Systems with South East University, China.


This unit covers both traffic engineering and management along with the growing role which advanced technology is playing in the management of traffic and transportation systems. The unit develops students' understanding of the principles and practice of traffic management and the application of advanced technology in transport. The emphasis is on the role of the traffic manager in providing the road and traffic network for road based vehicles along with the planning and design considerations for different road users. The fundamentals of human factors and road network design are considered. Emphasis is placed on the need to forecast traffic impacts at sites and on the road network. The application of advanced technology to the surface transport system, known as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is considered in detail. This unit introduces students to the field of ITS, examines component technologies and explores how those component technologies are brought together in applications or products.


After completing this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the role of the road system and the associated role of advanced technology or intelligent transport systems (ITS), in providing mobility and accessibility for the community
  2. consider the needs of different road users (pedestrians and bicyclists, private motor vehicles, trucks and road-based public transport vehicles) and their interactions in the road system
  3. design a traffic and road network heirarchy and the associated parking system to cater to the needs of different road users
  4. differentiate the functional areas of ITS, the associated ITS applications in those functional areas and the component technologies which underlie those applications
  5. appraise the technology building blocks employed by ITS and evaluate the ITS applications developed from them
  6. critique information on ITS obtained from the world wide web
  7. judge the need to manage the road system and critique the role of advanced technology in addressing broader transportation issues and challenges
  8. demonstrate sound written and oral communication skills


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination: (4 hours: 2x2 hour examinations): 50%

Students must pass both components.

Workload requirements

300 hours study

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

Civil Engineering