ENCN412-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Traffic Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Transport planning. Traffic flow theory. Roadway and intersection design. Road safety. Traffic surveys. Transport project evaluation. Environmental impacts. Traffic management.

To assist students to understand the fundamentals of transportation system analysis and management, and provide some basic tools for road network design.

Learning Outcomes

  • The course comprises lectures and some LAB sessions. This course is comprised of the following parts:

  • Traffic flow theory and simulation,
  • Traffic control, and
  • Traffic network modelling
  • Network Optimisation/Traffic Assignment
  • Traffic Safety
  • Transport Planning

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre (22/2-8/3, 22/3, 3/5, 17/5-31/5)
Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab (15/3, 29/3, 10/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 A9 Lecture Theatre (25/2-4/3, 25/3-1/4, 29/4-3/6)
Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab (11/3-18/3)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 A8 Lecture Theatre (26/2-5/3, 19/3-26/3, 30/4-4/6)
Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab (12/3)
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
15 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 16 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mehdi Ekbatani


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Network Optimisation Assignment/Transport Planning 15%
Macroscopic Traffic Simulation/Field Data Collection 20%
Microscopic Traffic Simulations/Traffic Operations 15%
Final Exam 50%

Late assignments will have 20% deducted for each day late, unless prior arrangement has been made. Please contact the course co-ordinator (preferably well in advance) if you have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.

The final 3-hr exam, worth 40%, will cover all the course material. Any “CIVIL/UC” approved calculator is allowed.  Students with accepted Aegrotats for an exam may be assessed on the basis of their other assignment marks or they may be required to undertake a special oral examination.
While a minimum 50% overall grade for the year is the usual benchmark for passing, to guarantee a pass in the course students must also achieve at least 40% in the total internal coursework (assignments) and the final exam. Students who fail to reach all of these criteria will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Repeating students should discuss with the Course Coordinator what coursework they need to repeat. If desired, they may be able to bring forward any or all of their internal coursework from the previous year, but this must be confirmed first. All students will sit the final exam.

Textbooks / Resources


Traffic Flow Fundamentals, by AD May (1990) and Urban transportation networks: Equilibrium analysis with mathematical programming methods, by Yosef Sheffi (1984), free download at: http://sheffi.mit.edu/sites/default/files/sheffi_urban_trans_networks.pdf

Other useful course material (e.g. journal papers) will be provided during the course and students will be expected to use these to supplement any handouts provided and notes taken in class. Similarly, useful websites will also be referred to in the course material.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENCN412 Occurrences

  • ENCN412-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021