TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAYS ENGINEERING - 2018/9

Module code: ENG3178

Module Overview

Transportation Engineering

Provides an overview of the key challenges to the Transportation Engineer responsible for the maintenance and operation of an integrated and sustainable transportation network. The different modes of transport, e.g. road, rail, water and air, and their potential nodes of interaction are reviewed in relation to journey time, reliability and environmental impact. The UK highway network is then used as an extended case study, including the nature of traffic flow and its growth and how it can be measured to inform (four-stage) transportation studies. The relative merits of different forms of personal and public transport (walking, cycling, buses, etc) and ways in which they may be integrated within other mass transport systems are outlined. The design of highway junction layouts is also discussed and methods to assist such design introduced.

Highway Engineering

Reviews both the materials used in road construction and the methods used in the construction and maintenance of highways. The material focuses on bituminous roads but also considers cement-bound rigid roads. The lectures outline the properties and behaviour of these materials and the hazards and risks that may arise during the construction and subsequent operation and maintenance of a roadway. The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) methods for the design of flexible, rigid and composite road pavements and their foundations are introduced and used within a case study (coursework). The role of performance specification as an enabler for sustainability within the whole-life operation of a highway is considered and reviewed in relation to methods of road recycling.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

MULHERON MJ Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: H230

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of normal progression requirements from FHEQ Level 5 on a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Transportation Engineering


Government Planning Strategy – National, Regional and local



Standards, Guidance notes and legal obligations
Involving the public – perceptions and behaviour



Rail Transportation – network function, operation and capacity
Water Transportation – network function, operation and capacity
Air Transportation – network function, operation and capacity
Road Transportation - Network function, operation and capacity

Characteristics of road vehicles and of traffic flow and growth
Traffic and transport surveys
Four-stage transportation studies
Design of highway links and junction layouts


Public transport systems –Buses, trams and light-rail systems

Integrating pedestrians, cyclists, people with disabilities




Highway Engineering


The development of Highways in the UK – a historical perspective
Highway pavement materials – historic and modern practice
Highway pavement design and materials – historic and modern practice
Pavement construction methods and detailing
In-service assessment of road pavements
Maintenance of road pavements
Sustainable highway practice and the recycling of road pavement materials
Future highways

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (SEMESTER TWO) 2 HOURS 60
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 - TRANSPORTATION SURVEY AND NETWORK CAPACITY 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 - HIGHWAY DESIGN & JUNCTION LAYOUT 20

Alternative Assessment

None.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to:

Transportation Engineering

o   Define the concept of transport in terms of passenger movement, freight haulage and communications and appreciate the factors maximizing efficiency, convenience and safety for travellers. (LO1)

o   Critically discuss the integration of transport modes and consequent importance of effective interchanges. (LO2)

o   Evaluate the financial and environmental benefits of transport schemes. (LO3)

o   Describe the place of transport in policy formulation and be able to use simple modelling concepts. (LO4)

Highway Engineering

o   Demonstrate their knowledge of the form and construction of typical highway cross-sections showing pavement details, and be able to describe the bound and unbound materials used in their construction. (LO5)

o   Explain the various processes used for the construction and maintenance of typical road pavements and their foundations. (LO6)

o   Identify and assess the critical conditions of road pavements. (LO7)

o   Assess highway loadings in the appropriate terms and use DMRB methods to design a road pavement and it’s foundations. (LO8)

 

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

o   Coursework 1: related to transportation [Learning outcome:3,4,a-j,o]] (20%, 20 hours)

o   Coursework 2: related to highway design [Learning outcome:7,8,a-j,o] (20%, 20 hours)

o   Examination [learning outcome: 1-8;b-e,g,i] (60%, 2 hours)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment, in the form of a comments and (where appropriate) worked solutions, will be through a range of exercises during the lecture and tutorial sessions. The two pieces of coursework will also provide a vehicle for formative feedback both written (and returned with the coursework submission) and verbally (during a debrief session).

Module aims

  • To outline the main modes of transport, e.g. road, rail, water and air, which exist within modern transport network and the interactions that occur when considering the planning process, and challenges when delivering an integrated solution either Nationally or regionally. The role of the Transportation Engineer responsible for a sustainable transportation network is reviewed in relation the current UK highway network and likely trends in demand in the light of the current economicsituation and developments in technology. The key considerations required when planning road junctions, roundabouts and traffic control are also discussed.
  • To identify and consider the range of highway pavement materials commonly encountered (and their commercial and environmental value) and review the associated construction and maintenance techniques employed in the creation and maintenance of a modern highway. The principles of modern methods of pavement design and the available methods for sustainable maintenance, repair and reconstruction are also discussed.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define the concept of transport in terms of passenger movement, freight haulage and communications and identify the factors maximizing efficiency, convenience and safety for travellers. KPT
002 Critically discuss the importance of integration of transport modes and the creation of effective interchanges between transport systems. KP
003 Evaluate the costs and benefits of transport schemes, both monetary and environmental. KC
004 Describe the place of transport in policy formulation and make use of simple modelling concepts such as the Furness distribution. KP
005 Sketch typical highway cross-sections showing pavement details, e.g. surface drainage provision and methods of edge treatment, and describe the bound and unbound materials used in their construction. KCP
006 Specify the processes used for the construction and recycling of typical road pavements and their foundations. KT
007 Identify and assess the critical (and failure) conditions of road pavements, e.g. rutting and skid resistance, and specify suitable remedial measures and materials. KCT
008 Assess highway loading in terms of standard axles and sub-grade strength and use the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges methods for the design of flexible, rigid and composite road pavements and their foundations. KCT
009 Technical report writing T
010 Health & Safety – accident reduction T
011 Critical thinking T
012 Design - “whole-life” costs T
013 Sustainability T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 35

Tutorial Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for this module is based on a series of lectures and integrated discussion-based tutorial sessions supported by a set of detailed notes coupled with access to additional on-line material. Students are encouraged to develop an appropriate knowledge-base that they can apply to the main issues relating to transportionand highways engineering. Students are encouraged to apply their existing understanding of fundamentals of sustainable engineering and develop a deeper appreciation of its application within transportation engineering.

The learning and teaching methods include:


A series of lectures to provide students with an overview of the main issues relating to transportion and highway engineering.
A number of discussion-led tutorial sessions to support the development of ideas explored within the coursework and linked to 3 “on-line” tutorial sessions which students work through independently.
Two pieces of coursework requiring students to undertake case studies of aspects of transportation and highway engineering respectively in relation to the technical issues and long-term sustainability.
A set of detailed supporting notes (and references) which students may use to reinforce and deepen their knowledge of the subject.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAYS ENGINEERING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng3178

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.