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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).

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Tutorial problems, derived from the lecture material, submitted weekly (20%). Requires approximately 25 – 30 hours of work in total. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in this assessment
  • A group assignment (30%) requiring 2000 words per student, on developing a sustainable transport plan. Requires approximately 35 – 40 hours of work per student and due in Week 11. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in this assignment
  • A 2 hour end-of-semester examination (50%). ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in this examination

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorNeema Nassir
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practicals: 2 hours per week)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Neema Nassir

    email : neema.nassir@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated 200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes


    Key learning and teaching methods include:

    Lectures and large-group discussion of core themes and concepts. These are delivered by academic staff members. Lectures draw on real world case studies, key policy reference points and the introduction and description of basic analytical procedures or calculations. Lecturers employ multimedia, public speaking, and Socratic dialogue methods. Two hours of lectures are offered for each week of the academic program.

    Engagement with required and suggested readings and information sources. Readings and information sources cover a mixture of policy documents, journal papers, online references and databases, government reports or guidelines, and other textual resources. Students are expected to undertake between 1-2 hours per week of reading and resource review to support concept acquisition and knowledge contextualisation, as well as to assist with execution of tutorial exercises, assignment work, and exam.

    Tutorial and tutorial exercises in smaller-group format. This approach includes classic Q&A and calculation exercises. Tutors are primarily drawn from the specialist lecturers (from both academia and industry) tutoring in smaller groups, on specialised topics, with reference to the weekly tutorial exercises. Roughly one hour of tutorial time is available per week of the program.


    AUSTROADS, (2009). Guide to Traffic Engineering and Management, Sydney, Parts 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 & 13.

    Low, N. (2013). Transforming Urban Transport, The Ethics, Politics and Practices of Sustainable Mobility, EarthScan, Routledge, Oxon.

    The Victorian Integrated Travel Survey (online database) www.transport.vic.gov.au/research/statistics/victorian-integrated-survey-of-travel-and-activity

    The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal (online database) www1.transport.vic.gov.au/VTSP

    Richardson, A.J., Ampt, E.S. and Meyburg, A.H. (1995). Survey Methods for Transport Planning. Eucalyptus Press.

    Government of Victoria (2008). Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy – arrive alive. Government of Victoria www.roadsafety.vic.gov.au

    Austroads, 2009. Austroads Guide to Road Design: Part 3 – Geometric Design. Austroads

    VicRoads, 2013. Freeway Ramp Signals Handbook (online). https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry/technical-documents/freeway-ramp-signals-handbook


    State Government departments and agencies are involved in providing input to the course material as well as data for the major assignment.

    Students are also alerted to student membership opportunities at these organisations and encouraged to consider applying for membership.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 22 August 2019