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CIVL9700: Transport Systems (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL9700: Transport Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr. Ramezani, Mohsen
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide an introduction to transport systems and is assumed knowledge for the third year unit CIVL3704: Transport Informatics and the fourth year units CIVL5701: Transport Networks, CIVL5702: Traffic Engineering, CIVL5703: Transport Policy, Planning and Deployment, and CIVL5704: Transport Analytics. Topics include: transport and its role in society; accessibility; brief history of transport technologies in Australia and globally; transport modelling; the characteristics of the principal modes of transport; factors behind the demand for mobility; qualitative choice modeling; agent-based modeling; travel demand forecasting; the mechanics of queueing and traffic flow; intelligent transport systems; the microscopic and macroscopic fundamental diagrams; highway capacity and level of service; intersection control; the design of traffic signal timing; public transport operations.
Assumed Knowledge: Basic statistics through regression analysis, differential and integral calculus, computer programming.
Lecturer/s: Dr. Ramezani, Mohsen
Timetable: CIVL9700 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.50 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 5.00 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. Seek basic information to answer general transport queries using standard knowledge resources, e.g library inquiries, web-based information.
2. Evaluate reliability of external information extracts and synthesize relevant content
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Function effectively as an individual in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver traffic related projects.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1)
4. Recognize that safety, efficiency, and sustainability are all crucial considerations for the design of transport systems.
5. Explain the characteristics of the Australian transport infrastructure and identify the challenges it is facing.
6. Distinguish the specific characteristics of each transport mode and identify the appropriate tool(s) for the needed analysis.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
7. Apply travel demand forecasting methods to predict motor vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, and public transport flows given input land use, network geometry, and travel behaviour characteristics.
8. Apply fundamental principles in the design of traffic controls.
9. Demonstrate knowledge of the role that advanced technologies play and will play in the field of transport and traffic engineering.
10. Recommend appropriate public transport service to serve new developments.
11. Recommend appropriate measures for the design of a junction to serve all travelers and the community.
12. Perform basic transport field data analysis.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1)
13. Apply traffic flow theory to the design and operation of transport infrastructure, e.g. ramp metering and traffic signal control
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
14. Undertake problem identification and formulation and develop solutions.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 4.00 Week 6 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 14,
2 1st mid-semester exam* No 15.00 Week 8 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14,
3 Assignment 2 No 4.00 Week 9 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14,
4 Preliminary report of Assignment 4 Yes 0.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14,
5 2nd mid-semester exam* No 20.00 Week 11 4, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14,
6 Assignment 3 No 4.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14,
7 Assignment 4 Yes 8.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14,
8 Final exam No 45.00 Exam Period 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

-You must get 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

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

Assignments submitted electronically are due at 23.59 on the submission day. Assignment penalties for lateness is 5% per day. Assignments more than 10 days late or submitted once after the solutions are released on Canvas 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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

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

Week Description
Week 6 Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Assessment Due: 1st mid-semester exam*
Week 9 Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 10 Assessment Due: Preliminary report of Assignment 4
Week 11 Assessment Due: 2nd mid-semester exam*
Week 13 Assessment Due: Assignment 3
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Assignment 4
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2017, 2018, 2019, 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 4%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 1.6%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 24%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 40.85%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 14.7%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 14.85%

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.