Postgraduate taught 

Civil Engineering MSc

Transportation Systems Engineering 4 ENG4183

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of transportation engineering, teaching basic concepts and elementary design methods.  The course is broadly structured in three parts, each corresponding to a different aspect of the field: (a) Planning (working on a large geographic scale to develop general policies, such as where roadways need to be constructed); (b) Operation of transportation facilities (working at the scale of individual roadways or corridors to quantify how easily people can travel); and (c) Design (addressing the specifics of how to implement a plan which is effective operationally, for example designing a traffic signal that avoids excessive delay).


2 lectures per week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





70% Examination

30% Reports

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:

■ introduce the major elements of transportation systems and create awareness of the broader context;

■ develop basic skills in applying the fundamentals of the transportation field;

■ develop understanding of the key concepts and physics of transport phenomena;

■ connect with real transportation problems;

■ prepare students for further study in the field.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ describe the transportation planning process (four-step model);

■ develop forecasts via travel demand analysis;

■ describe the common properties of traffic streams (flow, density, speed);

■ collect and interpret transportation data;

■ apply quantitative and computerised techniques for design and optimisation of transportation systems, such as signalisation at junctions;

■ apply the principles of traffic engineering to a specific real problem; they will be able to evaluate, analyse, design, optimise and present a thorough description of their analysis process.

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 laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good 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.