CVEN4003W Transport Ops & Planning

Academic Year 2022/2023

Fundamentals of Transport operations and planning:
- Understanding the theories behinds travel choice behaviour
- The classic 4 stage model, models used in Ireland
- What are the data requirements and sources of data for transport models and how is the data collected?
- The model estimation, calibration and validation process
- Critiques of the four-stage modelling
- Traffic assignment models
- Disaggregate models
- How is modelling used in policy formulation and appraisal?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will be able to describe the importance of transport modelling and the importance of the availability of good data in developing sustainable transport policy.
2. Students will understand modelling approaches and will be able to describe and use the 4 stage model and other modelling approaches.
3. Students will understand how data is collected for transport modelling and how to design surveys.
4. Become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of different modelling techniques & concepts
5. Students will gain an insight into the operation of quantitative analysis in transport planning (e.g. the derivation, operation and application of different types of models, and the estimation, calibration and validation process).

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to transport planning issues
Data in transport and their representation for use in transport modelling.
Four-steps model: Trip generation, Trip distribution, Mode choice, Route assignment
Introduction to discrete choice modelling methods
Traffic assignment methods: Wardrop‘s equilibrium, Static and dynamic approaches, Deterministic and stochastic approaches, User equilibrium, System optimum
Modelling the Future of Transport and Mobility

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The students will engage in problem-based learning in this module as they will work on solving transport problems. There is also a significant element of active learning, both formative and summative as students must engage in group discussions and debates within the class. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CDIC1016W - Advanced Math 1, CDIC1023W - English 1, CDIC1028W - English 2, CDIC2020W - English 4, OVSE1003W - English 1, OVSE1008W - English 2, OVSE2007W - English 3, OVSE2014W - English 4

Additional Information:
This module is delivered on our overseas campus in Chang'an only, and is not available for selection by students based in UCD Belfield, UCD Blackrock, or other overseas campus locations.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: In-class exam - 2hours Unspecified No Graded No


Class Test: Class test Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Ortúzar, J de Dios, and Willumsen, L., G. (2011) Modelling Transport, 4th Edition