ENCN261-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Transport and Surveying

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Introduction to transportation engineering. Geometric design of roads. Surveying fundamentals. Surveying camp.

This course will introduce you to:

- The fundamental concepts of transportation, driver behaviour and traffic flow; traffic control, highway capacity and level of service
- Transport economics and surveys, travel demand modelling and planning for cycling
- The principles of geometric design for roads
- The basics of field surveying (levelling, traversing, mapping and setting out)
- The interaction between traffic and field surveying and their application to transport projects
- Basic principles of teamwork and leadership

Learning Outcomes

This course is expected to develop student skills to the level where the student can handle plans and complete or oversee an engineering survey, and understand the basic principles of traffic flow, geometric design and the importance of human factors.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry



Timetable Note

1st pro Survey Camp (Living Springs, Lyttelton Harbour)

Students are required to attend the First Professional Camp. Field and plotting work at the camp form part of the examination for ENCN261 Transport and Surveying. In 2019 there are two occurrences, Sunday 7 April through to and including Friday 12 April] AND [Sunday 21 April through to and including Friday 26 April. Students must attend one. You will be advised as to which one you will be assigned to closer to the time but for now you must keep both occurrences free.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mehdi Ekbatani


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
2 Assignments in Transport 15%
2 Assignments in Surveying 20%
Test (Transport) 25%
Final Exam 40% Transportation part 20%. Surveying part 20%

All assignments are due by 5pm on the given dates. Late assignments will have 20% deducted for each day late, unless prior arrangement has been made. Please contact the course coordinator (preferably well in advance) if you have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.

The Transportation Test (test duration is 90 mins) is currently scheduled for early May; the final date, time and location will be confirmed later. The transportation material covered in this test won't be examined in the final year exam.

Any "CIVIL" approved calculator is allowed. Students with genuine medical grounds may apply for an Aegrotat for the final examination, with their grade to be based on their internal coursework, mid-semester test and exam result (if any).

To achieve a pass in the course, students should achieve at least 40% in the course work and at least 40% in the mid-term test and final exam. The total mark to pass the course is also expected to be at least 50% (out of 100%).

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Texts:

Study Guides: Study Guides will be available in PDF format on the course webpage on Learn and students can view and print them (eg, via the UC copy centre). Students are expected to bring their electronic or printed materials of the study guide to all sessions and record their notes in them.

Other Suggested Texts:
Austroads (2009), Guide to Road Design (esp. Part 3: Geometric Design) – electronic copies will be available on Learn.
Banks, James H. (2002), Introduction to Transportation Engineering, 2nd Ed – available in the Library

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN261 Occurrences

  • ENCN261-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020