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CIV3703 Transport Engineering

Semester 2, 2022 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Soma Somasundaraswaran


This course introduces students to the basic understanding of transportation engineering which emphasises the need for good transport planning and operation of transport facilities to ensure safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Students will learn about transport system, planning models, traffic studies, traffic analysis, geometric design of roads and pavement materials, as well as pavement design and maintenance.

The planning, construction and operation of civil engineering works is critical to the wellbeing of societies within the modern world. It is important that the graduate civil engineer has a broad understanding of the role and planning of transport systems. As the majority of civil engineers working in the transport sector are concerned with road transport, a greater emphasis will be placed on this mode of transport. Students of this course will be assumed to have a basic understanding of statistical techniques, spreadsheeting, soil mechanics, engineering materials and technical drafting skills.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. outline the role of transportation systems within modern societies and the relationship between transport and land use;
  2. describe current transportation planning practice (with particular emphasis on road network planning) and carry out simple planning and modelling studies;
  3. carry out the geometric design of a road (including the geometric design of intersections of the road with other roads);
  4. list and discuss the factors influencing road traffic operation, and analyse the level of service of a road section;
  5. organise and execute simple traffic studies;
  6. design parking facilities for road vehicles;
  7. design and developing traffic control and management strategies for road vehicles;
  8. recommend on testing procedures for road material selection, and design pavements and road surfacings;
  9. select and justify the procedures to be used in a particular road construction or road maintenance situation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Transport Systems 10.00
2. Transport Planning and Modelling 10.00
3. Geometric Design of Roads 14.00
4. Traffic Analysis 8.00
5. Traffic Studies and Parking 8.00
6. Managing Road Traffic 10.00
7. Road Materials 8.00
8. Design of Pavements 12.00
9. Design of Bituminous Surfacings 10.00
10. Road Construction and Maintenance 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Design Design No 25
Assignments Design Design No 25
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Date printed 27 June 2022