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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5210M Traffic Management

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Frank Lai

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Traffic Management is the process of adjusting or adapting the use of an existing road system to meet specified objectives without resorting to substantial new road construction. The objectives of traffic management have evolved reflecting the changing nature of road systems as well as changing travel patterns in the past decades. This module will equip students with knowledge of how to select, design and implement a range of appropriate measures and techniques, as well as practical experience for enhancing the efficiency of road transport systems for all groups of road users. In addition to UK practice, a wide range of international evidence is included to broaden the scope of module delivery.


- To develop the key concepts of traffic management and relevant techniques
- To equip the students with ability to identify problems and develop solutions in the context of traffic management
- To develop the students’ technical skills in data processing and application of results

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, the students will:
- Understand the key concepts and objectives of traffic management
- Understand how to identify issues in relation to traffic systems and road users
- Be able to formulate and develop appropriate solutions
- Understand the key issues in the implementation and evaluation of traffic management approaches

Skills outcomes

On completion of this module, the students will be equipped with the following skills:
- Reflective learning
- Team working
- Research methods
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis
- Report writing


- Techniques of traffic management – relevant to urban, motorway and rural contexts
- Specification, design and implementation of traffic management measures
- Routing control
- Road pricing systems
- Pedestrian and cycling facilities
- Speed management
- Parking management
- Motorway management
- Variable message signs, signage and roadworks management
- Driver information systems
- Intelligent Transport Systems

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours127.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The lectures are delivered in an interactive approach facilitating communication between the lecturers and students.

The workshops will make use of real-world data providing students with hands-on experience of problem solving and application of knowledge. Students will be working on cases individually, supported by the lecturers during the workshop.

Students will be fully supported during the process of completing their coursework via a variety of channels including physical discussions as well as virtual environment (e.g. VLE forums, emails etc). Feedback on coursework performance will be provided assisting the students to understand weakness in the submitted work and suggesting ways that work can be improved.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDesign Project/Scheme Assessment50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The coursework will be based on a practical project involving team-working on generation of field data, followed by analysis of pooled data and solution development by individual students.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The exam will focus on problem identification and solution development based on topic areas taught throughout the whole series of lectures.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/08/2017


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