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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5291M Traffic Network Modelling

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dave Milne

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module has been designed to appeal to anyone who intends to pursue a career in Transport Planning with a specialism in traffic modelling. It introduces the main underlying principles and provides hands-on experience for two of the most popular types of model used to analyse road transport networks.


On completion students will have developed a practical understanding of traffic assignment and simulation modelling. They will be familiar with the key principles on which such models are based and they will have gained hands-on experience of using the SATURN congested assignment model and the DRACULA traffic microsimulation model to investigate realistic planning scenarios. The module is essential for any student intending to use SATURN or DRACULA as part of a dissertation project.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. To run the SATURN software packages to produce results for analysis
2. To run the DRACULA software packages to produce results for analysis
3. To analyse model outputs in relation to policy objectives
4. To interpret findings from modelling exercises in the context of realistic planning case studies, showing awareness of limitations
5. To create concise summaries of model-based work suitable for decision-making

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Technical Skills: use of specialist software
2. Digital Skills: extracting & presenting numerical data
3. Enterprise Skills: developing ideas for alternative or supporting strategies
4. Work Ready Skills: communicating findings & producing guidance for decision-makers


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored informally by demonstrators in the practical sessions. Non-attendance will be followed up. Formal feedback will be given following assessed coursework submissions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentSATURN Coursework50.00
AssignmentDRACULA Coursework50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 10/04/2024


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