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TRAN5020M Principles of Transport Modelling

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Ronghui Liu
Email: R.Liu@its.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module starts by introducing the general concept of transport modelling, including key objectives, terms and definitions in transport modelling, and briefly the basic four-stage models. It then introduces each of the four stages of transport modelling in turn: trip generation, trip distribution. modal split, and traffic assignment. The key mathematical modelling techniques are introduced for each stage, and examples are made to illustrate the workings of these models.The second part of the module introduces more advanced transport modelling techniques, which provide improvements to the traditional four-stage modelling.

Objectives

To ensure that students understand the role and purpose of transport models, that they are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each of a range of modelling techniques available and are able to select an appropriate model for a given task. Also to ensure that they are able to use a modelling package to analyse real-world problems.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to understand the role and purpose of the main types of transport models.
- become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each of a range of modelling techniques available
- be able to select an appropriate model for a given task.
- be able to use a basic modelling package to analyse a realistic 'real life' problem.


Syllabus

-Introduction to transport modelling
-The four-stage models:
- Trip generation
- Trip distribution
- Modal split
- Traffic assignment
-Critiques of the four-stage modelling
- Microsimulation models
- Disaggregate models
- Departure time choice
- Car ownership forecasting

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Practical42.5010.00
Tutorial41.004.00
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students are expected to carry out a private study at 10 hours per credit of the module revising the material discussed in the lectures, preparing the coursework report, reading from reference books suggested and journal articles indicated if any. They will also need to practice numerical exercises from the lectures/references/exercises set if any.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of progress is carried out through weekly feedback in lectures and small group tutorials, as well as detailed feedback on the coursework assignment due in at the end of term before the exam takes place.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportModelling exercise50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/08/2019

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