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Undergraduate Course: Infrastructure and Transport 3 (CIVE09031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe long term delivery and maintenance of a viable infrastructure is of significant importance to any nation. The course will provide an introduction to the theory of infrastructure, why it is important and the issues facing future infrastructure. The course will also provide selected elements of transportation engineering: long term strategic planning; highway pavements; introduction to railway engineering; introduction to NDT of transportation bridges.
Course description L1-2 Infrastructure History and Future
L3 Transportation Model Building
Trip Generation & Distribution, modal Split, and Traffic Assignment.
L4 Highway Capacity
Headway distributions, mean speeds, flow and density; Space mean and time mean speeds.
L5 Priority Control Junctions
Modelling; Conflicts; Gap acceptance; Merging; Areas of Collision.
L6 Roundabouts and Channelisation
Objectives; Roundabout design; Balance of flow capacity; Entry Capacity; Queuing.
L7 Signal Controlled Intersections
Traffic Signals; Phase concepts; Intergreen periods; Effective green time; Optimum cycles.
L8 Pavement Construction
Paving Materials; AASHTO test; Present Serviceability Index;
L9 Pavement Materials & Highway Pavement Design
Bituminous materials; Elastic Stiffness; Permanent Deformation; Granular materials. UK & US practice
L10 Railway Design
Transition curves; Cyclic top; track degradation
L11 NDT procedures for Bridges, Roads & Railways
Radar, Sonics & Infra-Red Thermography
L12 Overview and revision
Revision of topics covered; Examination-style questions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone though Civil Engineering students will find the course familiar.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam %: 100
Feedback Mid-semester ┐Start, Stop, Continue┐
Exam post-mortem
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to: ┐ Appreciate the importance of infrastructure, its sectors, its issues, its history and its future; ┐ undertake analyses in transport planning; ┐ describe the principal features of junction design; ┐ calculate highway and junction capacities; ┐ describe aspects of railway engineering;
Reading List
Highway Design and Construction, R.J. Salter, MacMillan, 2nd edition, 1988
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements none
Course organiserProf Mike Forde
Tel: (0131 6)50 5720
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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