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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M32
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


3 hour examination




Coursework – two assignments




Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
Module Aims

To enable students to develop and demonstrate:


  • An appreciation of the mechanisms through which travel behaviour can be influenced on an individual & collective basis.


  • Knowledge of how the capacity and operational performance of highway links and junctions are assessed.


  • The ability to prepare and review a Transport Assessment for a new development.
  • Familiarity with objectives, concepts and practice of transport modelling.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:


  • Identify opportunities for behavioural change and demonstrate understanding of the obstacles to changing travel behaviour.


  • Develop a personalised journey plan.


  • Understand the factors that affect capacity of highway links and calculate values.


  • Use available techniques for assessing capacity and operational performance of different junction types.


  • Justify when a Transport Assessment is required and appreciate the likely objectives of the three main parties. Be able to undertake or evaluate a Transport Assessment.


  • Identify and justify appropriate modelling approaches for the appraisal of different policies and interventions.


  • Specify the data needed and how it can be collected.


  • Explain how behavioural responses are represented in strategic models, and implications for model structure.


  • Evaluate the relationship between input policy changes and outputs of transport.


  • Evaluate principles and methodologies used in transport modelling and, where appropriate, propose new approaches.
  • Apply quantitative methods and computer software to solve problems.
Module Content
  • Transport modelling –concepts and methods


  • Capacity of highway links and junctions


  • Human response and behaviour


  • Impact of new developments
  • Transport modelling – Micro simulation
Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hrs lectures, 10 hrs discussion/workshop, 60 hrs assignments, 57 hrs independent learning, 3 hrs examination


Total student learning time 150 hours

Selected Texts/Journals

Personalised Journey Planning


A review of the effectiveness of personalised journey planning techniques, DfT


Individualised Travel Marketing (as used in Perth, ):


Slinn, Matthews and Guest Traffic Engineering Design – Principles and Practice,


DfT Guidance on preparation of Transport Assessments


TRAVL or TRICS software


Design Manual for Roads and Bridges volumes 12, 12a and 13


Transport Analysis Guidance WebTAG


Ortuzar, J de D and Willumsen, L G (2002). Modelling Transport (Third Edition). Wiley.


IHT (1997). Transport in the Urban Environment. The Institution of Highways and Transportation, London






PARAMICS Good Practice Guide, SiASCycle Audit and Cycle reviews – IHT

Last Updated

06 February 2009