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URP4001 Movement Network Planning

Semester 2, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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Examiner: Paula Grant
Moderator: Marita Basson


Pre-requisite: URP4203 or SVY4203


The increase in personal mobility has been a key driver of changes in the urban and regional environment. Planners need to have an understanding how movement networks interact with people and places.


This course covers the constraints and opportunities in a competitive space, the road reserve, and the need to provide workable active, road and public transport networks. It will examine the dominance of the private car in recent development history and look at how 'complete' streets can be achieved for urban development.


On completion of this course, student should be able to:

  1. describe how changes in personal mobility have required changes in urban design.
  2. identify the characteristics of efficient and effective ?complete? street networks.
  3. identify the characteristics of efficient and effective public transport networks.
  4. design developments that provide movement networks suitable for users.
  5. explain the consequences of maximum and minimum parking requirements for proposed developments.
  6. apply knowledge of traffic and movement characteristics to design suitable movement futures.
  7. explain how individual attitudes and behaviours impact on travel patterns and choices and how policy may change these behaviours.
  8. explain the impact of funding and asset management decisions on achieving complete streets
  9. design developments that have efficient and effective provision of open space and fauna movement networks incorporated into the movement network.
  10. demonstrate an ability to learn from experience by reflecting on the design and communication processes to complete their assignments.
  11. demonstrate in their assignments appropriate written and graphical communication skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to movement networks 5.00
2. Mobility and society 5.00
3. Pedestrians and cyclist networks 10.00
4. Funding and asset management 10.00
5. Road networks and parking provisions 10.00
6. Complete Streets 20.00
7. Public transport 20.00
8. Urban design and movement networks 10.00
9. Open space and fauna networks 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Crawford, JH 2000, Carfree cities, International Books, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Garling, T & Steg, J (eds.) 2007, Threats from car traffic to the quality of urban life: problems, causes, and solutions, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Mees, P 2010, Transport for suburbia: beyond the automobile age, Earthscan, London.
  • Rodney, T 2003, Sustainable transport: planning for walking and cycling in urban environments, Woodhead, Cambridge.
  • Williams, K (ed.) 2005, Spatial planning, urban form, and sustainable transport, Ashgate, Aldershot, Hants, England.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 47.00
Tutorials 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 21 Aug 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 350 35 25 Sep 2015
ASSIGNMENT 3 400 40 23 Oct 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the
    marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted
    marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at