Postgraduate taught 

Civil Engineering MSc

Transportation Engineering 4 ENG4183

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge of design principles and skills to create inclusive, efficient, and multi-modal transport networks in the urban environment. Students will learn from international examples applied to Scottish contexts about how cities can plan their networks to enable people to use sustainable and active transport choices. Students will learn the principles of planning traffic circulation, light rail networks, and active travel networks in the urban environment. The students will also undergo a detailed design coursework, redesigning a key junction in Glasgow to enable multi-modal flow while enhancing safety of citizens.


This course specifically aligns to UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3 Good Health and Well-Being; 4 Gender Equality; 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10 Reduced Inequalities, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13 Climate Action.


1 hour lecture per week: The lecture session will be used to set out basic information for students about the course, assessments, and to introduce the subject material with quick exercises for students to complete in class.

2 hour active workshop per week: The workshop will start with exercises which introduce the skills/procedures to the students, which will then lead on in the workshop to the students using these skills/procedure for analysis and design of transport systems

Excluded Courses





20% Project Output: Circulation Plan for major city. ILO1-4

Students will have created a traffic circulation plan for major city. On plan will be distributer roads, flow roads, and low traffic neighbourhood cells. Formative assessment will be workshop allowing students to provide written critiques of other groups work. Then Summative assessment is student's amended plans based on their peer-feedback.

20% Oral Presentation: Multi-modal Junction: ILO 4, 7

Assessment will represent a public consultation where students groups will present their plans for re-design of key signalled junction to local active travel campaigners. 3/4 of mark will be based on group oral performance, ¼ for short reflective writing on amendments to design following meeting with campaigners.

60% Examination ILO 1-7

Exam to assess knowledge and analytical skills that students will have developed to deliver the two assignments and ILOs 5 and 6

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to design active travel and public transport networks in built up areas. The course has a focus on ensuring those networks are designed to be inclusive, providing a range of sustainable transport options to all those needing or choosing to travel within built up areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ create a traffic circulation model for a small city;

■ plan and design low traffic neighbourhoods within the traffic circulation model;

■ plan and design walking and cycling networks across a small city;

■ describe methods to facilitate engagement processes with publics;

■ describe design principles for inclusive public transit;

■ appraise public transit capacities and service levels;

■ apply quantitative and qualitative information to design and optimise multi modal signalised junctions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled presentation sessions


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled lectures and workshops of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: many students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.