Core Module Information
Module title: Transport and Traffic Models

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR11104
Module leader: Wafaa Saleh
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

The module is divided into three parts including a total of 14 units. The contents of these units are as follows:

Part 1: Introduction to transport planning and modelling
This section includes introduction to transport planning and modelling and data collection.
Part 2: Transport and Traffic Models
This section includes trip generation techniques; trip distribution modelling (growth factor and synthetic techniques); modal choice modelling, Traffic flow theory, Microscopic simulation models, Random models of traffic and queuing models.

Part 3: Assignment and Route Choice Models
This part includes route choice studies; traffic assignment models (including capacity restrained and stochastic methods); elastic demand methods; matrix estimation. Overview of currently used transport modelling software.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: examine the elements of transport planning techniques
LO2: discriminate types of data and methods of data collection for transport planning, including ethical implications;
LO3: conceptualise and model the traveller decision-making process
LO4: critically understand and apply methods of network modelling and zoning systems;
LO5: critically appraise and apply different modelling approaches to the simulation of traffic flows.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Achille Fonzone
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face support (LO1- LO5). We invite guest lecturers from industry, government, and academia who offer students an overview of the most recent advancements in the field of transport modelling and their application in practice. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material. Moodle is utilised for students to access all course materials and any additional material such as tutorial solutions. We encourage students to share questions and discoveries through Moodle forums. In particular, we use forums to answer revision questions. The module relies on a blended learning approach, to support directed study. We use Moodle intensively to manage the course, to disseminate updated material (class slides, notes, material for exercises, essential and further readings) and foster collaborative learning with the participation of distance learners. We use WebEx to extend the possibility to attend on-line some of the class activities, in particular seminars of guest lecturers. Conditional on the consensus of the guest lecturers and on the technical feasibility, we record the seminars and put the videos in Moodle. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material. Simplified examples of transport problems and transport schemes are used as illustrations to give experience of the transport modelling processes and the use of different modelling approaches (LO1, LO3-LO5). Module content is developed in consultation with employers. Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the assessment component.. Staff undertake scholarly and research activities on demand and network modelling and the experience is embedded in the course. All materials are available on a Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student group.

Formative Assessment:
The module is assessed by a coursework (LO2) and a final examination (LO1 – LO5).

Summative Assessment:
Formative feedback on progress is provided in the tutorials.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 10 2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 30 2,3,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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