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CIVL7031 - Transport Infrastructure

Title:Transport Infrastructure
Long Title:Transport Planning & Infrastructure Design
Module Code:CIVL7031
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Description: The student will study traffic management, analysis and design of transport infrastructure. The use of alternative energy systems for transportation will also be studied.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Compare various transportation strategies and networks
LO2 Perform design of pedestrian and cycle infrastructure
LO3 Examine energy usage in transport and renewable alternatives
LO4 Conduct and analyse traffic surveys and traffic flows
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Transportation planning
Introduction to transportation systems. Environmental impacts of transportation system. Sustainable transport systems. Carbon emissions and energy usage. Transportation strategies. CASP. Project appraisal. Cost benefit analysis. Safety issues. Traffic impact assessments. Traffic management.
Public Transport systems
Light and heavy rail design. Busways and Bus Rapid Transit. Green route design.
Cycle and pedestrian design
National Cycle Manual. Cycleway design and issues. Designing for the pedestrian. Safety issues.
Traffic surveys
Traffic surveys: flows, speeds, parking, delay.
Energy in transport
Current energy in transport and the impacts of the transport sector on the environment. Renewable alternatives for transport and their potential uses.
Transport safety issues
Road safety. Statistics. Prevention strategies.Safety issues in public transport design.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Transportation planning exam 1,2 30.0 Week 6
Project Traffic survey and design project 2,4 20.0 Week 8
Project Energy usage in transportation project 3 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Project support and problem solving 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of coursework and project work 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of course material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Project support and exam preparation 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of course content 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Tony Parry 2013, Sustainable transport, ICE publishing [ISBN: 978-0727757579]
  • Department of Transport 2009, Guidelines on a Common Appraisal Framework for Transport Projects and Programmes
  • UN / The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2007, Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide, New York
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mike Slinn, Peter Guest and Paul Matthews 1998, Traffic engineering design, principles and practice, Arnold London [ISBN: 0340676477]
  • C. A. O'Flaherty; contributing authors, MGH Bell... [et al.] 1996, Transport planning and traffic engineering, Fourth Edition Ed. [ISBN: 0470236191]
  • R. J. Salter; revised by N. B. Hounsell 1996, Highway traffic analysis and design, Macmillan London [ISBN: 0333609034]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Goodbody 2004, Cost Benefit Parameters and Application Rules for Transport Project Appraisal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CCIVL_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 6 Elective
CR_CENVI_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering 6 Mandatory
CR_EENEN_7 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective

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