2023-2024 / GCIV2066-1

Fundamentals of transportation : transport planning


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering3 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering (EMSHIP+, Erasmus Mundus)2 crédits 


Mario Cools

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will tackle some of the fundamentals of transport. The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction (Motivation why transportation engineering is important, three market model, etc)
  • Decision making
  • Geography/Networks
  • Modelling/forecasting
  • Evaluation (large focus on cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multiple criteria analysis (MCA))
  • Transit (e.g. network design)
  • Multi-modal transport and networks
  • Traffic flow (traffic signals, traffic control)
  • Geometric design (vertical, horizontal curves)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The student must have an understanding of basic transportation concepts and of how these concepts are relevant for construction engineers.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, II.1, II.2, III.2, III.3, IV.1, IV.4, V.1, V.2, VI.1, VI.4, VII.1, VII.3, VII.5 of the MSc in civil engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Elementary scientific notions: statistics, algebra

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The lectures will take place in the first term (first six/seven weeks) on Tuesday.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Recommended or required readings

Lecture slides and additional materials provided via e-campus.

The evaluation is based on an oral exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Mario Cools Bât. B52/3, office: 0-546
e-mail: mario.cools@ulg.ac.be

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