Module title: Traffic Engineering Design

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

Module code: CTR11131
Module leader: Grigorios Fountas
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation


2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Grigorios Fountas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching methods for all LOs will include lectures, in-class competitions and problem solving tutorials. Directed study tasks will encourage integration of key reading material. A Virtual Learning Environment is utilised and all course materials including notes (Moodle workbooks), lecture presentations, tasks and tutorials, further reading and unit-specific quizzes can be accessed.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers and the module contents reflect current industry practices with additional international comparisons of codes and assessment tools. In addition to the skills of understanding the basics of currently used assessment techniques, the ability to critique these techniques will improve your employability. (LO1-LO5)

Research / teaching linkages
Examples used for teaching are derived from transport research and studies, including real project case studies. Research and scholarly activity are also fundamental in your own studies on the module, particularly with reference to the coursework. Students are asked to undertake scholarly activity and research information from research publications, academic journals and industry websites to assess current developments in Traffic Engineering.

Supporting equality and diversity
This module has been develop to reflect international practices in Traffic Engineering. The module is available in FT/PT/DL formats and is accessible to all students in their own country with no need to attend lectures in the UK or leave their current employment.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback constitutes a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback will arise through the discussion and analysis of the tutorial questions, in-class and online competitions as well as through the Moodle quizzes (LO1-LO5). In addition, the coursework component will constitute another source of formative feedback (LO1-LO3).

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is made up of two components, a coursework which is worth 40% of the total module mark, and a centrally timetabled exam which is worth the remaining 60% of the mark. The coursework will focus on the critical assessment of various implications of highway geometric design as well as on design provisions for various groups of road users. In this context, you will be asked to apply what you have learned about traffic engineering design and prepare a report using real-world case studies (LO1-LO3).
The second component of summative assessment is in the form of an end-of-trimester exam, testing all LOs. (LO1-LO5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 13
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2,3 8 , WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Road Network Operations – introduction to traffic flow, user characteristics, data collection, forecasting and capacity.
Highway Geometric Design Considerations – highway link design, including design speed, cross-sections, sight and overtaking distances.
Highway Geometric Alignment Design – design of horizontal and vertical road alignment.
Intersections – general junction design principles and analysis of priority junctions.
Roundabouts – types of roundabouts, layout design and capacity analysis.
Introduction to Traffic Signal Control – principles of traffic signal control including saturation flows, stages, phases, cycle times and green times.
Basic Isolated Traffic Signal Design – design of layouts and calculation of signal timings.
Advanced Isolated Traffic Signal Design.
Linked Traffic Signal Design - signal co-ordination, urban traffic control systems.
Intelligent transportation and urban traffic control systems for road network operations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically appraise traffic flow principles, data collection techniques and road network operations.
LO2: Examine and critically assess the design elements and principles of road layouts, including the geometric alignment considerations based on national and international standards and guidelines.
LO3: Design road intersections such as priority junctions and roundabouts and analyse road traffic capacity, queues and delays.
LO4: Design traffic signal layouts and calculate traffic signal timings for both isolated and linked networks.
LO5: Recommend intelligent transportation and urban traffic control systems that can provide benefits for road network operations.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CTR11131 Traffic Engineering Design