SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH224599
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module is designed to bring awareness regarding modal choice, highway design, soil stabilization, traffic and accident related aspects in the light of the environmental impact of traffic.


-360b7 Modes of transport - Characteristics and possibility for inter-modal co-ordination in urban scenario b7 Highway geometric design - horizontal and vertical alignment elements and their design b7 Types of Pavements - Flexible and Rigid b7 Soil stabilization b7 Basic Traffic characteristics - speed, volume, density b7 Highway accident studies - causes and prevention b7 Environmental impact of traffic

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:a. Evaluate the main categories of transportation to establish the advantages and disadvantage of each (A4, A7, B5, D6, D1)b. Design the various horizontal and vertical alignment elements of a highway (A1, A4, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C1, C4, D1, D3, D4, D6)c. Understand the types of pavements and the reasons behind the categorization (A4, B3, B5, C4, D6)d. Knowledge on basic traffic characteristics and real-time traffic issues that affect transportation in any network including accidents (A6, B1, C1, D1, D3)e. Asses the environmental impact of traffic (A4, A6, B6, C1, D1, D4, D6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and seminars will be used to convey the concepts of transportation for engineers and planners and will be supplemented by tutorials and video materials where necessary

Indicative Reading

Reference Text Book: -360 1. Highway Engineering Rogers, Wiley Blackwell, 2003 2. Highway Engineering, Khanna& Justo, Nem Chand and Bros., Roorkee 3. Principles of Pavement Design, Yoder & Witczak, John Wiley and sons Inc(second edition) 1975 4. Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Coleman & O'Flaherty, Butterman-Heinemann, 1996 5. Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning, Kadiyali L.R., Khanna Publications, New Delhi 6. Traffic Engineering Design: Principles and Practice, Slinnetal, Butterman-Heinemann, 2005

Transferrable Skills

Appreciate the external factors related to transportation decision Calculation and design for important highway elements Justify the development of new transport related projects whilst appreciating the concerns of other individuals or groups Reasoned argument to defend a transportation decision that is a compromise of all constraints and requirements while considering the environmental impact of the same

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) n/a 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written 1-1/2 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Quiz is considered as formative assesment. Problem solving exercise linked with submission of report (1500 words) traffic management in thecontext of Oman.
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written 2 Hours