Urban Development and Transportation

Unit code: NEC4172 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
NEC2204 - Highway Engineering
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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, 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; and sustainable transport.

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. Construct 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. Determine and implement 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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Individual Assignment
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 25%
Group Project
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Individual Tests (2)

Required reading

The Lecturer will provide Teaching and Learning material as required.

As part of a course

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