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2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5221M Traffic Microsimulation Models

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Ronghui Liu

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto either MSc(Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering or MSc(Eng) in Transport Planning


TRAN5020MPrinciples of Transport Model.

Module replaces


This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces students with an appropritae modelling background to the fundamentals of traffic and pedestrian flow characteristcs, and the different roles, purposes and justifications of each of a range of traffic and pedestrian models in general use.


To ensure that syudents have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of traffic and pedestrian flow characteristics, and the different roles, purposes and justifications of each of a range of traffic and pedestrian models in general use. To ensure that students are able to select and use appropriate models to estimate speeds and delays to vehicular traffic and pedestrains in a rnage of circumstances and can successfully interpret the model outputs.


Role of traffic and pedestrian models. Fundamentals of traffic flow characteristics: empirical speed-flow-concentration relationships. Analytical techniques: shock-wave analysis, queuing models, probabilistic models of traffic flow. Traffic simulation models: car-following, gap-acceptance and lane-changing models. The DRACULA traffic microsimulation model. Pedestrian facilities & surveys. Concept of level of service. Analytical techniques in pedestrian modelling. The LEGION pedestrian microsimulation model.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Background reading, revision for class test

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework - computer exercise

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer ExerciseTwo Courseworks70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Resit normally on first anniversary in line with school policy

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/04/2010


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