Transport Engineering and Operations

Module aims

To introduce description, analysis and modelling of elements that are relevant to transport engineering and operations. This includes basic mechanics of transport operations and implications for safety; flow of traffic on open track; queuing at points of conflict or interruption; basic operational and engineering requirements for railways; intelligent transport systems (ITS); roundabouts and priority junctions; traffic signal control; alignment and layout of highway links and free-flow junctions; public passenger transport infrastructure; road safety engineering; and transport system management including use of street space by different kinds of users for different purposes.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Set out basic engineering and operational concepts that are relevant to transport, and to consider the road system and more briefly the rail systems, together with the provision of public passenger transport and use of street space, in the light of these concepts.

Module syllabus

  • This course provides students with an introduction to the subject of traffic and transport engineering with consideration of aspects including mobility, safety, energy, and environment.
  • Lectures are supported by extensive sets of notes provided by the lecturers and containing examples for students to practise new concepts.
  • During tutorials, students are encouraged to apply the material delivered in the lectures to the solution of a wide range of problems. 

Location 

No. 

Topic 

Staff 

UCL  

01-02 

Basic mechanics of transport operations 

BA 

UCL 

03-04 

Fundamentals in traffic flow 

BA 

UCL 

05-06 

Mobility and queuing 

BA 

UCL 

07-08 

Safety 

NC 

UCL 

09-10 

Environment and energy 

BA 

UCL 

11-12 

Road junctions 

BA 

UCL 

13-14 

Public transport 

BA 

UCL 

15-16 

Railways 

TF 

UCL 

17-18 

Ports 

KA 

UCL 

19-20 

Intelligent transport systems  

NH 

Teaching methods

This module is delivered through taught lectures and participation in activities. Activities include an assessed group work exercise to assimilate, process and interpret national data.

Assessments

Information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Supplementary

Module leaders

Dr Bani Anvari