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CIVL5701: Transport Networks (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL5701: Transport Networks (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Levinson, David
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide an introduction to the intersections of theory and applications in Transport Networks, Geography, and Land Use. It describes how to characterize networks, (topology, hierarchy, morphology), and how that affects the use of those networks. The course is a mix between a lecture and a student-led seminar, with students responsible for researching and presenting on a number of the topics, as well as developing a course text in a wikibook format.

Students will learn the basics of networks and how transportation systems function on them.

Topics include:

• Introduction to Networks

• Elements of Graph Theory

• Types of Networks - Random (Erdos-Renyi), Small- world, Scale-free

• Characterizing Networks (Topology, Hierarchy, Centrality, Circuity, Morphology...)

• Analyzing Networks (α, β, γ, φring, ...)

• Spatial Interaction

• Accessibility and Agglomeration

• Public Transit Networks

• Network Models

• Network Growth Models

• Network Structure and Travel Behavior

• Space Syntax

• Social Networks and Travel Behavior

• Network reliability, redundancy, resilience, fragility

• Network adaptability, flexibility

• Telecommunications and Travel - Substitutes or Complements

• Network Design

The unit of study includes a practical component where students solve realistic problems in network design.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2700 OR CIVL9700.
Lecturer/s: Levinson, David
Timetable: CIVL5701 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - in class 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 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. Develop a wikibook page for the Transport Geography and Network Science wikibook on a topic agreed to with instructor. Synthesise knowledge of the topic. Share with class.
(4) Design (Level 4)
2. Use a network evolution model: The main objectives of this assignment are to help students:

-understand the iterative growth of networks

-understand place formation as a response to the growth of networks

-understand the impact of first mover advantages.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. Transportation Network Development System Analysis: The main objectives of this assignment are to help student:

-learn to draw implications of alternative policies on transportation network growth

-learn transportation planning model (modeling process)

-learn and practice the methods of system analysis
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
4. Mapping, network, and spatial analytics. Analyse the accessibility of a metropolitan region.

-Create a mobility (isochrone) map for one place in a metropolitan area by multiple modes.

-Create an isochrone for one mode for several different areas in the region, compare these locations spatially, and discuss the effect of network structure and location on mobility.

-Create an accessibility map for multiple modes for a consistent time of day for one year. Comment on the differences in the accessibility by mode.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1: SONG No 5.00 Week 3 2, 3,
2 Assignment 2: CLUSTER No 5.00 Week 5 2,
3 Assignment 3: Network Evolution SONIC/PF No 5.00 Week 7 2, 3,
4 Assignment 4: ABODE No 5.00 Week 9 3, 4,
5 Textbook Chapter Creation and Presentation No 20.00 Week 13 1,
6 Term Paper and Presentation No 20.00 Week 13
7 Midterm Exam No 15.00 Week 6
8 Final Exam No 25.00 Week 13
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.

- Assignment Penalties for lateness: 10% Per day.

-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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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.
  • Networks
  • Network Science

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Historical Network Growth (London, Twin Cities, New York, Beijing)
Week 2 Lecture: Historical Network Growth (cont'd)
Week 3 Lecture: Evolving Transport Networks
Assessment Due: Assignment 1: SONG
Week 4 Lecture: Characterising Networks
Week 5 Lecture: Accessibility
Assessment Due: Assignment 2: CLUSTER
Week 6 Lecture: Circuity; Vulnerability, Resilience, Robustness, and Reliability
Assessment Due: Midterm Exam
Week 7 Lecture: Spatial Interaction - Matching Home and Work (ABODE model)
Assessment Due: Assignment 3: Network Evolution SONIC/PF
Week 8 Lecture: Spatial Econometrics
Week 9 Lecture: No Class / Labour Day
Assessment Due: Assignment 4: ABODE
Week 10 Lecture: Public Transport
Week 11 Lecture: Scaling and Size
Week 12 Lecture: Term Papers and Conclusions
Week 13 Other: Final Exam
Assessment Due: Textbook Chapter Creation and Presentation
Assessment Due: Term Paper and Presentation
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
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
Master of Transport 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 20%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 10%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 7.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 2.5%

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.