ENTR401-18A (C) Any Time Start 2018

Fundamentals of Transport Engineering

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 1 January 2018
End Date: Sunday, 30 December 2018
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 12 January 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 28 September 2018


A self-study course covering: Transportation planning; Road link theory and design; Intersection analysis and design; Traffic studies; Accident reduction; Sustainable transport planning and design; Pavement design; Road asset management. Please refer to the Director of Transportation Engineering regarding availability.

This course introduces the basic concepts and principles of traffic engineering and (to a lesser extent) transport planning and road management/design for those who not have been taught this material at an engineering undergraduate level (e.g. ENCN412) or in previous other qualifications.

It is an ideal pre-requisite for further study in Canterbury’s postgraduate transportation programme.

Unlike most of our transport papers, this is a self-guided study course, requiring the student to do the bulk of the study and assignment work on their own at their home location, using the physical/online resources provided and with the remote guidance of the course lecturers.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are to:

- Provide participants with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of traffic engineering, transport planning and contextual issues;

- Develop participants’ practical skills in traffic/transportation and knowledge of how and when they should be applied;

- Cover the theory of good traffic engineering practice (including statistical techniques);

- Enable participants to recognise and deal effectively with traffic/transport situations where standard methods are unlikely to work well.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director


Timetable Note

Unlike most of our transport programme papers, this is a self-guided study course, requiring the student to do the bulk of the study and assignment work on their own at their home location, using the physical/online resources provided and with the remote guidance of the course lecturers.

Possible Tutorial Day:

Students may enrol in ENTR401 at any time; these enrolments will be aligned with the teaching semesters (Semester 1: Feb-Jun, Semester 2: Jul-Oct, Summer Semester: Nov-Feb).

Although ENTR401 is essentially a self-study course, subject to course numbers a 1-day tutorial session will be held in Christchurch midway through each semester, at dates to be determined.

The block would likely comprise tutorial/assignment sessions, and supplementary lectures. The tutorial day would be held at the University of Canterbury, Ilam (date and venue TBC with students). Students would need to make their own travel/accommodation arrangements.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kun Xie


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Street network review assignment 25%
final exam 50%
Theoretical calculation exercises 25%

At the start of the course, students will be provided with a series of theoretical calculation exercises
to complete (based on notes largely from the first part of the course). Tutorial sessions may be
provided to go over sample exercises and to assist students with their assignment work.

Students will then undertake a review of a neighbourhood near their home and assess the transport
issues affecting this study area (e.g. road hierarchy; intersection controls; road capacity; road safety issues; provision for walking/cycling/PT). The assignment will require students to apply all of their course material to a practical real-world situation and identify any aspects requiring attention.

The final exam will be a 3-hour closed-book exam designed to test students’ understanding and
application of the material presented during the course and covered in the lecture notes and
textbook. Students from outside of Christchurch will be able to arrange to sit this exam in their
home town with a suitable local supervisor.

While a minimum 50% overall grade for the year is the usual benchmark for passing, to guarantee a pass in the course you must also achieve at least 40% in both coursework and examination total marks.

Additional Course Outline Information


Target Audience:

This course is available to students enrolled in Canterbury’s postgraduate transport programme (i.e. MET, MEngSt, or  PGCertEng; see www.met.canterbury.ac.nz for more information). It is designed particularly for students wishing to enter the programme but lacking the normal subject pre-requisites. Generally, programme staff will indicate to students if they are expected to take this course as part of their qualification.

Other undergraduate or postgraduate students at Canterbury (e.g. in engineering, maths, economics, geography, etc) may also apply to enrol and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The course will benefit practising engineers, technicians, planners and other transport practitioners with little or no formal training in traffic engineering and transport planning. No prerequisite knowledge in the course topics is necessary, although some previous maths/science or traffic/transport background is useful. Some previous experience with statistics is also helpful.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 4 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENTR401 Occurrences

  • ENTR401-18A (C) Any Time Start 2018