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CENV6002 Transportation Engineering: Analysis and Design

Module Overview

This module will provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of road traffic flow and its analysis, using this as a basis for you to be able to undertake operational analysis and design of key features of the road transport system, particularly the design of the various types of road junction.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces you to the principles and current practice of Engineering. The aim is for you to gain knowledge and understanding of traffic flow theory, of the analysis, design and evaluation processes for roads and road junctions, according to the requirements of efficiency, safety and environmental protection. The aim is also for you to develop key skills in analysis, design and evaluation, including software applications and a case study.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Traffic flow theory and traffic analysis processes on highways
  • Analysis methods for traffic at road junctions
  • Designing for safety, efficiency and environmental protection
  • Road junction types, layouts and operations
  • Traffic control systems
  • Highway Link Design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select and design roads and junctions according to requirements/specifications
  • Propose and evaluate alternative designs and options
  • Identify /recall the key issues in transportation engineering analysis and design
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
  • Use creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Manage your time
  • Report your work effectively
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use the junction design software LINSIG and ARCADY effectively
  • Produce junction design drawings


* Traffic Parameters and traffic flow theory on highway links * Traffic data collection, surveys and automatic detection systems * Junction types and layouts * Traffic analysis at road junctions: gap acceptance, capacities, queues and delays. * Design and evaluation of priority junctions * Design and evaluation of roundabouts * Design and evaluation of traffic signals * Urban Traffic Control: Principles and practice * Design and evaluation of grade separated intersections * Designing facilities for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and buses * Case Study: Road junction design * Designing for safety * Geometric Design of Highway Links * Human Factors in Transportation Engineering

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, simulation demonstrations, audio-visual presentations, small group teaching on computers. Lectures recorded using the Panopto system as appropriate. Learning activities include: Individual design work, literature review/analysis, use of software, directed reading, student directed learning.

Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Wider reading or practice18
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.

Salter, R.J and Hounsell, N.B. (1996). Highway Traffic Analysis and Design. 

Mannering, F.L. et al (2009). Highway Enginering and Traffic Analysis. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%
Report 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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