ENCN361-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Transportation Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is an introduction to the broad disciplines of transport engineering. It comprises four major topics, including traffic flow theory, transport planning, geometric design of roads, and sustainability and resilience in transport systems

Learning Outcomes

- Describe and explain the highway geometric design criteria. Design the geometry of highways with the considerations of human factors, safety, and physical constraints.

- Describe the core components of transport sector structure, funding sources, and policy framework in New Zealand. Familiarize with current transport funding priorities and investigate current transport policy issues in New Zealand;

- Describe the concept of sustainable transport and development goals. Be able to apply the planning principles or element design for pedestrian, cycling or public transport. Understand the resilience in transport systems and interpret the framework for assessing the resilience of infrastructure;

- Describe and explain the fundamental traffic flow variables and apply statistical skills in analysing traffic data.

-       Describe and apply the terminologies and concepts of traffic flow theories, such as car-following models and hydrodynamic theory, in explaining real-world traffic phenomena.

- Explain the importance of transport planning and discuss the need for behavioral modeling approaches in transport planning.

- Develop an understanding of the transportation planning process based on four-stage demand forecasting model. Formulate real-world travel behavior and mode shift in scientific terms, calculate a solution using discrete choice models, and analyse travel demand model results.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Wai Wong


Yi Wang


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignments 15% Geometric design, sustainability and resilience in transportation systems, traffic flow theory, and transport planning
Midterm 35% Geometric design, and sustainability and resilience in transportation systems
Final 50% Traffic flow theory, and transport planning

• The mid-semester test will cover Modules 1 and 2 (Geometric Design and Sustainable and Resilient Transport). The final exam will be comprehensive, but with a focus on Modules 3 and 4 (Traffic Flow Theory and Transport Planning).
• You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in each of the mid-semester test and the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in either the test or exam, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass in the course.
• All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will be penalised. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control, they should follow the special considerations process outlined below.
• It is important to remember that copying another person’s work and submitting that work as your own is plagiarism. This practice is unethical and may result in disciplinary action being taken against you.
• Students repeating the course must undertake all parts of the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Banks, James H; Introduction to transportation engineering ; 2nd ed; McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Mannering, Fred L. , Washburn, Scott S; Principles of highway engineering and traffic analysis ; Fifth edition, SI version; Wiley, 2013.

Other Suggested Texts:

Austroads (2016), Guide to Road Design (esp. Part 3: Geometric Design) – available on Austroads website

Transit NZ (2000), State Highway Geometric Design Manual (Draft) – available on NZTA website

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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 ENCN361 Occurrences

  • ENCN361-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023