SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H202843
Module Leader Nicholas Hytiris
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 2 or similar SQA modules

Summary of Content

Transportation is examined to consider the factors that influence the decisions that engineers and planners must consider. All forms of transportation (road, rail, shipping and airport) are reviewed to assess their individual values and how they complement, or otherwise, each other. Environmental issues will be explored to evaluate the consequences of transportation policy, positive and negative. Constraints and consequences of highway construction are examined to appreciate the decision making process of engineers and planners in urban and rural situations. Alternatives to existing systems of transportation are considered to develop a view on the transportaion system of the future.


UK government and European Community policy on inland and coastal shipping, airports, railways and roads Planning and construction constraints that give cognisance to the health & safety of those directly or indirectly affected by transportation projects Highway design concepts including traffic management (traffic lights, traffic calming, etc,), highway design (pavement design alternatives, geometric arrangement, etc.) Environmental Appraisal of existing and proposed transport related projects.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Evaluate the main categories of transportation to establish the advantages and disadvantage of each. (A3, A6, A7, B3, B6, B7,C6)2. Assess alternative forms of integrated transport in operation, and proposed, in the UK and throughout the world. (A3, A6, B6, B7, C4, C6)3. Appreciate the factors that influence the decisions made by highway engineers and planners (e.g. road capacity, SSSI, local residents, safety, facilities for pedestrians, etc.) (A3, A6, B6, B7, C4, C6)4. Traffic management schemes such as traffic lights, traffic calming, sighting distance, breaking distance, etc. (A1, A4, A5, A7, B1, B2, B3, B7, C1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and seminars will be used to convey the concepts of transportation for engineers and planners and will be supplemented by video materials, case studies and guest lecturers from industry. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.

Indicative Reading

Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Coleman & O'Flaherty, Butterman-Heinemann, 1996 Traffic Engineering Design: Principles and Practice, Slinn etal, Butterman-Heinemann, 2005 Highway Engineering Rogers, Wiley Blackwell, 2003 The Anatomy of Canals: The Mania years Buxton & Pratt, Tempus, 2002 The Anatomy of Canals: Decline and Renewal, Buxton & Pratt, Tempus, 2003 Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Vol 1 to 11. Highways Agency, various.

Transferrable Skills

Appreciate the external factors related to transportation decision making (D1, D3, D7, D8) Justify the development of new transport related projects whilst appreciating the concerns of other individuals or groups (D1, D4, D5, D6) Reasoned argument to defend a transportation decision that is a compromise of all constraints and requirements (D1, D2 D5, D7)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 15.00 35% Environmental Issues (1000 words)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Exams office Exam
Course Work 01 n/a 15.00 35% Materials/ Design (Class test)