ENCN361-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Transportation Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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. (Washington Accord WA1, WA3, WA4, WA6) (UC EEI3, EE14)

- Describe and explain the fundamental traffic flow variables and apply statistical skills in analysing traffic data;  (Washington Accord WA1, WA3) (UC EEI1, EEI3, EEI5)

- 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; (Washington Accord WA1, WA5) (UC EEI1, EEI3, EEI5)

-  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; (Washington Accord  WA1, WA3, WA6)

- Describe the concept of sustainable transport and development goals. Be able to apply the planning principles for active modes. Understand the resilience in transport systems and interpret the framework for assessing the resilience of infrastructure; (Washington Accord WA1, WA6, WA7) (UC GA2, EEI5)

- Explain the importance of transport planning and discuss the need for behavioural modelling approaches in transport planning (Washington Accord WA1, WA2) (UC CE2, EEI3)

- Develop an understanding of the transportation planning process based on the four-stage demand forecasting model. Formulate realworld travel behaviour and mode shift in scientific terms, calculate a solution using discrete choice models, and analyse travel demand
model results. (Washington Accord WA1, WA2, WA3, WA5) (UC (UC CE3, EEI3)


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 10:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 102
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Friday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 102
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 19:00 - 21:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
22 Apr - 28 Apr
02 Friday 19:00 - 21:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
22 Apr - 28 Apr

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. Learning Objectives 1-7
Midterm 35% Geometric design, and sustainability and resilience in transportation systems Learning Objectives 1-3
Final 50% Traffic flow theory, and transport planning, Learning Objectives 4, 5, 6, 7

• 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 $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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 .

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