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CIVL5702: Traffic Engineering (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL5702: Traffic Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr. Ramezani, Mohsen
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of traffic engineering, traffic flow theory, traffic modelling, and operations.

Topics include: fundamentals of traffic flow theory; Schock Wave analysis, micro-modeling; macro-modelling; queuing theory; intersection control; ramp metering; traffic simulation; traffic data collection and analysis; and crowd dynamics.
Assumed Knowledge: (CIVL2700 OR CIVL9700) AND (MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023) AND MATH1005 AND ENGG1801. Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming.
Lecturer/s: Dr. Ramezani, Mohsen
Timetable: CIVL5702 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Independent Study 6.00 13

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
1. Choose external information extracts, evaluate their reliability and relevance, and synthesize related content
2. Demonstrate effective communication of solutions of multifaceted traffic problems through well-prepared reports
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
3. Function effectively and cooperatively within peer teams to deliver traffic related projects
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. Present ideas and the results of analyses in the appropriate language and terms for professional engineers
(4) Design (Level 4)
5. Design quantitative traffic data collection trials and analyze them in traffic simulators
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
6. Associate the interplay between traffic flow theory and traffic practice
7. Understand different traffic (including crowd) modelling approaches
8. Apply traffic flow and queueing theories to design and optimize traffic systems
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
9. Perform problem identification, formulation, and solution
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
10. Develop practical solutions for traffic problems based on the application of traffic engineering principles
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 4.00 Week 5 (Monday) 1, 2, 4,
2 Assignment 2 No 5.00 Week 8 (Monday) 1, 7, 8, 9,
3 Group Project 1 Yes 25.00 Week 9 (Wednesday) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10,
4 Assignment 3 No 6.00 Week 10 (Monday) 1, 4, 6, 7,
5 Group Project 2 Yes 25.00 Week 11 (Wednesday) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10,
6 Quiz* No 10.00 Week 12 (Wednesday) 7, 8, 9,
7 Group Project 3 Yes 25.00 Week 13 (Wednesday) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

- There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.

- Assignments and project reports can only be accepted when submitted electronically via the UoS Canvas site.

- Assignments submitted electronically are due at 23:59 on the submission day. Assignment penalty for lateness is 5% per day. Assignments more than 10 days late or submitted once after the solutions are released on Canvas get 0.

- Project reports are due at 23:59 on the presentation day submitted electronically. Report penalty for lateness is 10% per day. Reports more than 5 days late get 0.

- The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 5 Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 9 Assessment Due: Group Project 1
Week 10 Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Week 11 Assessment Due: Group Project 2
Week 12 Assessment Due: Quiz*
Week 13 Assessment Due: Group Project 3

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Transport 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Certificate in Transport 2020
Graduate Diploma in Transport 2020
Master of Engineering 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 18.75%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 10%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 10%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 10%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 24.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 9.25%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 17.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.