ENEC12011 - Transport Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the design of roads, pavements, and associated documentation. You will also be introduced to traffic analysis, safety, efficiency, environmental and cultural issues, and the sustainability of road and pavement design. You will analyse traffic survey data and interpret survey results, applying them to the analysis of traffic flows and estimation of system capacity. You will also apply design codes and manuals to common design problems involving the geometric design of roads, road drainage, intersection design, and pavement design and rehabilitation. You will learn to work with the most common software in road and pavement design to prepare plans, design alignments, compile specifications, design pavement, and estimate quantities and costs.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: [ENEC12009 Engineering Surveying or ENAR12005 Surveying and Mapping] and [MATH11218 Applied Mathematics or MATH11160 Technology Mathematics].

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Report 30%
2. Report 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

To view Past Exams, please login
Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 93.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 37.50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle Website and email
The software taught in this unit was beneficial to support learning.
Continue to run the workshop sessions and teach the most beneficial software which is predominantly used in the Australian road industry.
Action Taken
Kept the same quality for teaching software and discussed the input parameters range based on AU guidelines.
Source: Moodle Website and email
The unit content was informative and covered theoretical and practical aspects of transportation engineering.
Continue to add more insightful and practical materials for Term 2, 2022.
Action Taken
More examples were discussed during the lecture/tutorial sessions to assist the students with a better understanding of the concepts.
Source: Moodle Website
Assignment questions were completely referring to the unit content and examples.
Continue to add more worked-out examples to the unit content for Term 2, 2022.
Action Taken
More examples were discussed during the lecture/tute sessions to assist the students with a better understanding of the concepts.
Source: Moodle Website
The unit content should more focus on Australian guidelines than American guidelines.
Although Australian guidelines refer to American guidelines in many areas of traffic and transportation engineering, the unit content will be revised to further discuss the AU guidelines and their link to the American guidelines. The assignment tasks will be designed in the metric system and be based on AU guidelines.
Action Taken
Further discussion about the AU guidelines was considered to assist the students in better understanding Australian road requirements.
Source: Moodle Website
Assessment tasks should be distributed over the term.
The assessment due date and the workload will be revised in the future offerings to help the students in the completion of their assessment tasks in an effective and timely manner.
Action Taken
The assessment due dates were revised throughout the term.
Source: Email
The updated guidelines taught in this unit were beneficial to support learning.
The unit contents and all other resources and assessment tasks should be updated to follow the latest version of guidelines/standards.
Action Taken
Source: Email and Moodle
The software taught in this unit was beneficial in supporting learning, while more examples and explanations in the workshop sessions are suggested.
More examples should be discussed during the workshop sessions for a better understanding of the software.
Action Taken
Source: Email
The staff had the good technical knowledge, and the lecturer was really helpful through quick and comprehensive responses.
The same quality of support should be maintained in future offerings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Organise and conduct traffic surveys, analyse collected data and interpret the results
  2. Apply standard techniques to forecasting future traffic demand
  3. Design and document geometric alignments of transportation infrastructure using appropriate Australian guidelines
  4. Evaluate the pavement sublayer materials properties using appropriate Australian guidelines
  5. Design a basic road pavement using appropriate Australian guidelines
  6. Demonstrate a professional level of communication using appropriate engineering language.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 3N 4N 5N)
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 4N 5N)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 6N)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 3N 4N 5N)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 3N 5N)
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4N 5I)
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4N 5I 6N)
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4I 5I 6N)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 3I 4N 5N)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 2N 3I 4I 5I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4N 5I 6N)
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2N 3I 4N 5I)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4N 5A)
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 1I 3I 4I 5A)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Report
2 - Report
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10