Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 15. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VTTN01 overlaps following cours/es: VTT151. Optional for: V5tv. Course coordinator: Andras Varhelyi, and Zsuzsanna Toth-Szabo,, Traffic and Roads. Prerequisites: VTTF05 Traffic Engineering Theory. Recommended prerequisits: VTTF10 Effects of Traffic or F10 Highway and Railway Design or SBF20 Urban Planning. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Satisfactory project work. The grade is awarded on the basis of a final project report and an oral presentation with a poster. Assessment is carried out with the teaching goals as a point of departurte. Parts: 2. Further information: The course will have the form of a project work. Home page:

The aim of the course is to train the course participants to independently synthesise knowledge obtained from the previously undertaken in-depth road and/or traffic courses and apply this to practical planning. The aim is also to give an introduction to traffic simulation, both regarding underlying theory as well as their applications in setting up a model adapted for actual needs.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The students will carry out a traffic planning and design project in a complex urban renewal area. The groups, as far as possible, should contain traffic planners well as road construction engineers, a maximum of three students in each group. The project comprises six main elements (Description of current situation, goal specification, problem inventory, suggested solutions, effect assessment, evaluation plan). The course also includes fieldwork (inventory of planning area), study trips to the Town Building Office and workshops/run-through. All of these are obligatory. Each phase contains an element of theory, usually in the form of lectures, collective run-through under supervision, and own work with an assistant available .

The traffic simulation part includes introduction to, and theoretical background of, different types of models (approaches, principles, scopes). Most of the focus is put on models for the microscopic level. The course also deals with frequent applications, essential differences between applied theories and limits of the different models as well as handling stochasticity and uncertainty in simulation models. Students should practice all parts in a traffic simulation project preparing their assignment with one of the most commonly applied software (Vissim). The project will include data collection and preparation, coding different types of junctions in Vissim, calibration, validation, analysis of software output and comparison between alternatives and presenting results.

Learning is performed in various teaching assignment forms (lectures, group assignments, computer assignments and field studies). Examination is done by oral and written presentation.

Elvik, R., Vaa, T. (2004) The Handbook of Road Safety Measures. Elsevier.
Hydén, C. ed. (2008) Trafiken i den hållbara staden. Studentlitteratur, Malmö, Sweden.
Selected parts of VGU, ATB Väg, TRAST and Effektkatalog (in Swedish).
A course library is available during the course.


Code: 0111. Name: Project Work.
Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral presentation of project work.

Code: 0211. Name: Traffic Simulation.
Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral presentation of project work.