Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 12. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: V3. Course coordinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,, Vägbyggnad. Recommended prerequisits: VTG100 Projektmetodik och ingenjörsgeologi. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 5. The number of participants is limited to 20 Assessment: Students are examined both individually and in a collaborative group. The group examination is based on written and oral presentations of the project work. The individual exam consists of written tests and report writing performances. For a passing grade the requirements are: 1) Satisfactory exercises, carried out in groups of three or four students. 2) Satisfactory project work carried out in groups of three or four students. Equivalent to 2 credits. 3) Satisfactory PBL-övningar with individual report writing equivalent to 6 credits. 4) A satisfactory exam result is equivalent to 4 credits. Parts: 3. Further information: The course might be given in English. Home page:

The aim of this course is to give the participants an insight into how the different parts of a transport facility cooperate with and affect one another, as well as how such a facility is planned in practice. The course also takes up the infrastructure’s national economic significance.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Describe and analyse investigative methods for traffic flows, level of service, transport and accessibility needs and the demands these make on the design of the public transport network, pedestrian and cycle networks and the inter-linkages of these networks.

Explain various concepts relating to the transport facility’s relevant components, traffic planning and engineering and road construction.

Define different concepts of transport economics.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Design a road and water network, taking into account established norms of material characteristics and choice, environmental aspects, traffic users’ needs and possibilities, and functional and financial considerations.

Apply economic analytical methods as a prioritising instrument in the planning and comparison of the alternatives within an infrastructure system.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the need for collaborative and clear problem specification, alternative suggestions for problem solving and the importance of coordinating expertise from various areas – including the financial – in the planning, presentation and implementation of transport facilities. The focus is on the importance of consequence analysis and easily understandable presentation of complicated technical solutions.

In study period 1 the emphasis is on lectures and exercises in road construction, traffic planning and engineering and national and transport economics. These skills are needed to support the project. A project equivalent to 2 credits runs throughout the course but is mainly carried out in study period 2. The project constitutes an application of all the constituent parts and illustrates how the technical and geometric design of roads interacts with the design of the traffic network in an area. The project also takes up financial aspects.

Demands on the network and links in the transport network for cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists

Accessibility and transport needs of different groups in respect of both passenger and goods transports

Criteria for responding to various demands on the network

Construction specifications, concepts, definitions, organisation, administrative recommendations, methodology

Various prerequisites for planning, finance and political support. Planning process for streets in urban areas

Development of dimensioning principles, AASHT=2002 och ATBVÄG

Concepts and definitions relating to transport economics

The significance of transport economics for national economics and as a tool for decision making.

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Code: 0108. Name: Written Examination.
Higher education credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written prov.

Code: 0208. Name: Project Work.
Higher education credits: 2. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral prsentaion of project work.

Code: 0308. Name: PBL-exercises.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Witten report.