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Transport Systems (CVEN90048)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCVEN90048
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to urban traffic engineering and transport planning principles. General theory as well as analytical techniques for solving common transport engineering problems is presented.

The key theme in this course is how to improve the sustainability of transport systems. This includes understanding and predicting travel demand. This course emphasizes techniques for modelling and evaluating schemes based on environmental, health and social outcomes. Behavioural choice modelling methods are used to predict demand for public transport and non-motorised transport modes.

CVEN90048 Transport Systems provides a transport-specific learning experience that relates to, builds-on, and extends from the skills and competencies developed via the following Civil Engineering subjects: CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering and CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation.


Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Transport Systems
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Traffic Control Devices
  • Unsignalised Intersection Capacity Analysis
  • Travel Surveys
  • Sustainability
  • Traffic Survey Methods
  • Public Transport
  • Transport Network Models
  • Road Safety
  • Signalised Intersection Capacity and Timing
  • Freeway Management
  • Geometric Design of Roads

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Analyse current transport patterns, trends and safety issues in a local government area in Melbourne using a variety of on-line databases
  2. Investigate the current level of sustainability of transport within an LGA using indicators of the physical environment such as walkability and public transport access
  3. Identify major issues or challenges involving sustainable transport in an LGA
  4. Design and evaluate a new transport initiative for increasing the sustainability of transport within an LGA

Generic skills

Having completed this subject, the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Execute basic research and problem-solving skills - including problem identification, data sourcing, analysis formulation and execution, and the nomination or provision of viable solutions
  2. Organise themselves into effective working groups that replicate real-world (transport) project environments
  3. Manage personal time and workload efficiently, to deliver needed outputs in a timely manner (as per real-world transport project environment)
  4. Execute effective, professional-level verbal communication and discussion around current real-world transport issues and concepts, as well as professional-level written communication skills (for transport themes and projects)
  5. Understand social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the relevance of sustainable development principles
  6. Take part in meaningful lifelong learning and ongoing professional skills development (with a transport focus).

Last updated: 22 August 2019