ENEC14016 - Traffic and Transportation Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This project-based learning unit prepares you to describe and explain the fundamental concepts and characteristics of traffic engineering systems. You will be able to develop strategies for managing and controlling traffic, identify safety issues and recommend solutions. You will be able to analyse and design intersections. You will use ethical decision-making processes to design and document pavement requirements. You will apply design codes and manuals to common design problems involving, intersection design and pavement design. You are required to work, learn and communicate effectively in a professional manner, alone and in project teams. You are required to use information literacy skills proficiently to investigate and prepare oral presentations and formal technical reports.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: ENEC12011 Transportation Systems.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Project (applied) 30%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Project (applied) 25%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.82% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.67% 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: 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
More examples were discussed during the lecture/tute sessions to assist the students with a better understanding of the concepts and guideline requirements.
Source: Email
The students found the practical videos informative, while more discussion and explanation on the practical assignment task is suggested.
The practical materials should be discussed during the lecture sessions for a better understanding of the concepts.
Action Taken
More practical and real-world examples were added to the unit content, and this resulted in a positive outcome.
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
The same quality of support will be maintained in future offerings.
Source: Moodle and Email
The unit content was informative and covered theoretical and practical aspects of traffic and transportation.
Continue to add more insightful and practical materials for Term 1, 2024.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle and Email
The staff had 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
Source: Moodle
Feedback given on assignments needs more attention.
The feedback on assignments should be provided within the timeframe in the next offerings. More detailed feedback on assignments should be given to the students in the next offerings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse traffic flows and describe the effect of key traffic flow parameters and their inter-relationships
  2. Apply systematic approaches to conduct capacity analysis and level of service of roadways and intersections
  3. Evaluate the pavement sublayer materials properties using appropriate Australian guidelines
  4. Design structural road pavements using appropriate Australian guidelines
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and teamwork.

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:

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

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 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
1 - Project (applied)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Project (applied)
4 - 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
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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