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2023/24 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 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate discipline

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module presents an overview and the foundations of transport engineering. Semester 2 modules TRAN5241M (Road Geometry & Infrastructure), TRAN5210M (Traffic Management), TRAN5761M (Safety of Road Transport) and TRAN5946M (Deterioration & Maintenance of Pavements) build on this module further providing opportunities to specialise in particular areas.


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, exposure to railway track construction and 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. Principles of railway track design. Environmental impacts (inc pollution, severance and noise). Design of public transport infrastructure.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours103.00
Total Contact hours22.00
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 assessing alternative routes/designing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through performance in coursework and their associated workshops.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Project1500 report33.30
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.30

EX1 x 2 hour

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.70

Re sit offered on anniversary of exam.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:45


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