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Course Overview

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of fundamental aspects of traffic engineering. Intelligent Mobility (IM) projects are intended in large part to impact upon traveller behaviours; however, these must be supported by appropriate decisions regarding the design and implementation of the underlying transport network. Here, we will address core concepts of traffic planning, operation and design to support network efficiency.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Caitlin Doyle Cottrill

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • Master Of Science In Transport And Intelligent Mobility

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Intelligent Mobility (IM) projects are reliant upon a number of considerations, including digital coverage, access to information, and willingness to adopt new technologies. At their heart, however, IM project are reliant upon an efficient, multi-modal transport network that allows for an effective flow of people and goods throughout. Providing this network and making good design decisions, in turn, are reliant upon traffic engineering decisions regarding the layout and design of inter-related components, including street networks, intersections, bus routes, parking, and traffic management.

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of traffic engineering, focusing on planning, operation, design, and maintenance. Topics that will be addressed include, but are not limited to, traffic flow theory, mobility and queuing, safety, public transport and Intelligent Transport Systems. The course will provide students with the groundwork to understand how IM projects relate to the physical transport infrastructure network, as well as temporal and spatial factors that influence their design. Underlying policy and regulatory requirements that contribute to their design decisions (such as accessibility, capacity, and equity) will also be considered, along with their inclusion in design decisions.

The course is intended to lend support to and draw from concepts introduced in associated modules, including Research Skills, Modelling and Simulation, and Public Transport Systems, by providing an understanding of the physical requirements for providing efficient transport networks.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Coursework (20%)

Coursework (30%)

Timed online test (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo develop an understanding of the components of the physical transport network and its interrelations.
ProceduralUnderstandTo understand the fundamental concepts of transport and traffic engineering as they relate to Intelligent Mobility.
ProceduralApplyTo be able to apply basic skills to the planning, design, and operations of transport networks.
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the necessary components of a traffic engineering plan.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate applications of traffic engineering in real-world contexts.

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