This unit covers areas of sustainable urban land development and transportation systems including biophysical and socio-economic data collection and inventories, land capability analysis, planning processes and issues including population density, city infill vs peripheral development, infrastructure and servicing requirements, open space/green city/urban forest concepts, energy and water conservation issues, residential subdivisions and appropriate street designs. It also focuses on demand for transport and the significance of transport and freight movement to the economy; road safety issues; transport planning techniques including trip generation, trip distribution, mode split and trip assignment models; traffic engineering aspects including flow theory, road capacity, headways, gaps and speed analysis; intersection analysis and use of SIDRA program to aid design and analysis of signalised intersections; traffic survey methods and analysis; local area traffic management studies; travel demand management.

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NEC2204 - Highway Engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Locate, evaluate and analyse a wide range of data relevant to the design and layout of both greenfield and infill urban developments;  
  2. Develop broad scale plans for greenfield and infill urban developments incorporating appropriate residential, commercial, industrial, open space / recreational areas and transport networks, as well as detailed layout plans for residential subdivision street schemes with service and traffic management arrangements;  
  3. Select and apply relevant transport planning techniques including traffic surveys and analysis, demand assessment and management, modal split and trip assignment modelling, freight needs assessment, and modelling of complex signalized intersection;  
  4. Evaluate plans and solutions to problems against technical, environmental, economic and social criteria;  
  5. Demonstrate professional capabilities to collaborate effectively in a small team with responsibilities and accountability for your own learning and development of appropriate technical reports.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1: Individual Transport planning assignment (1500 words) 25%
Assignment Assignment 2: Team-based design/modelling assignment (2000 words) 25%
Examination End-of-semester exam (2 hours) 50%
The examination focuses upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline, apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, and the fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources, as defined in Engineers Australia competencies 1.3, 2.1 and 2.2. In addition, the tasks assess the student on the individual components of Learning Outcomes (LO) (2 to 4) which are not assessed within both assignments. As the examination is the one clear way by which these competencies and LO's can be assessed on an individual basis, students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in the examination in order to pass the unit.

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