This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of road transport system elements, planning process and integration of modes, apply traffic flow theories in assessing the performance of routes and intersections and use current guidelines in the design of geometric layout.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the four-step transport planning process, data requirements and collection. (K3)
  • Analyse and assess the performance of routes and intersections through an understanding of traffic flow theories and the use of hand calculations and relevant software. (K1, K2, K3, S1)
  • Apply the principles and objectives of geometric design in the design of intersections using current guidelines and generate a complete set of high standard plans and high quality reports as part of a team. (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, A7)
  • Appreciate and consider the needs of all road users, their interaction and management of their movement in an efficient and safe manner and identify the principles of road transport integration and sustainability. (K3, S1, S2)
  • Apply current guidelines in the design and construction of heavy and light rail systems and identify factors affecting system operation. (K2, K3, S2, S3)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
2.00 12 weeks 24
2.00 12 weeks 24
0.50 12 weeks 6
Learning activities
0.58 12 weeks 7
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
7.42 12 weeks 89


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 35 - 45% 1,2,3,4,5 
ExaminationIndividual 50 - 60% 1,2,3,4,5 
Online TestsIndividual 5 - 15% 1,2,3,4,5 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Transport system planning process, objectives and performance measures of road transport system
  • Transport integration and sustainability
  • Traffic data and collection techniques
  • Traffic control devices and role of intelligent transport systems in traffic control and management
  • Traffic flow theories and performance assessment of routes and intersections including roundabouts, signalised and sign controlled intersections
  • Objectives and principles of intersection geometric design
  • Pedestrian transport
  • Geometric design principles of light and heavy rail systems and factors affecting systems performance.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.