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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5072M Principles of Transport Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Chandra Balijepalli

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate discipline

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


The module aims to familiarise students with the engineering aspects of the design of transport infrastructure.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- understanding of the principles of engineering design as they apply to transport systems;
- familiarity with the engineering design requirements associated with road construction and with public transport infrastructure;
- appreciation of the environmental impacts of transport systems.


Highway design standards. Highway capacity. Principles of junction design. Principles of route location. Principles of horizontal and vertical alignment. Engineering aspects of road safety (inc signing & lighting). Principles of pavement design. Environmental impacts (inc pollution, severance and noise). Design of public transport infrastructure.

MSc(Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering only: Earthwork quantities.
MSc Transport Planning & the Environment only: Vehicle emissions modelling.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours105.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students will be expected to read a number of key texts and papers to underpin their knowledge.

The course assessment will involve a coursework.
For students taking MSc(Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering, this will be an assessment of route locations.
For students taking MSc Transport Planning and the Environment, this will be based on modelling the vehicle emission impacts of a town bypass.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through performance in coursework and their associated workshops.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Project2,000 report with drawings33.30
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.30

Separate courseworks for the two programmes.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.70

Re sit offered on anniversairy of exam. Same exam for both programmes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/06/2019


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