Core Module Information
Module title: Transport and Traffic Models (Global On Line)

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

Module code: CTR11704
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
LO5: critically appraise and apply different
modelling approaches to the simulation of
traffic flows.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Wafaa Saleh
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 main backbone of the formative assessment consists of end of unit quizzes and self-assessment exercises, as transport modelling is as much about application of the theory through doing as it is about learning the theory itself. You will be asked to undertake these tasks continually throughout the module, self-critique and reflect upon your experience of undertaking these activities. These reflections will form the basis of online webinars and on line discussion boards, in which your understanding beyond the simple calculations will be developed. Throughout all of these approaches you will be asked to reflect upon your progress with the module and your basic understanding of the topics that are being covered.Extensive use is made throughout the module of tutorial (LO1-LO5) sessions where direct feedback on progress is provided

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment for this module is designed to measure the level of students’ understanding of the module material as:

Firstly, the coursework (LO2), where students are asked to carry out an analytical investigation using real data sets and using statistical methods to model a number of transport scenarios. Students are asked to get numerical outputs and assess them against given criteria. The task is invaluable in providing real life experience in statistical methods and their applications in transport modelling. The coursework usually proves very useful when the students work on their dissertations. The second component of the coursework is an online test, will students will be asked a random set of questions from a question bank. Students can access the test in weeks 10 and 11 of the module.

The second component of summative assessment is the final exam (LOs 1-5). The exam is designed to assess your understanding of the main transport modelling principles and approaches and analytical applications of these principles. The exam will usually consist of four out of six questions.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 75
Independent Learning On-demand Webinar 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 27
Independent Learning Guided independent study 38
Independent Learning Guided independent study 30
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 10 1,2,3,4,5 10 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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