Faculty of Engineering

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)G Rose


This unit introduces students to contemporary issues in transport planning. The concept of sustainable transport is introduced along with the steps in the transport planning process. Supply and demand oriented approaches to addressing transport challenges are reviewed and travel demand management is placed into context. The characteristics of transport modes and travel demand patterns are used to provide a framework for considering the suitability of a particular transport mode for a particular context. Travel survey methods are considered with an emphasis on the role of survey design and administration in the collection of useful travel survey data.


The objectives of the unit are to develop:

  • understanding of the framework within which transport planning is conducted and the foundations for the formulation of transport policy;
  • appreciation of the range, and potential impact, of supply and demand oriented solutions which can be used to address transport and associated environmental problems within a sustainability context;
  • knowledge of the performance, impacts and costs of various transport modes (covering both passenger and freight) and the factors influencing the level, pattern & trends in travel demand;
  • appreciation of the issues relevant to selecting a mode for a particular transport task; and
  • understanding of the factors to be considered in conducting transport surveys including sample design, questionnaire design, data editing and expansion


Assignments: 50%, Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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150 hours study