CE 4710 and CE 5710
Case Study in Transportation Engineering
Lecture Room: SCHN 151
Group Research Meeting Room: On-line
Time: 4:40 pm
Instructor: Norman Garrick
Office Hours: Tu 2 to 3 pm On-line
or By Appointment
UAA: Lauren Romeo
Office Hours: By Appointment
Course Overview
This class is consist of two modules which are described below. 
Module 1 Lectures 
Transportation and Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities
The first half of the course will consist of a series of lectures on various facets of transportation and urban planning that are designed to create sustainable cities.  WE will cover topics such as basics of planning, the structure of cities, transit design, and street and street network design.  The topics covered are meant to give a sampling of some of the factors cities at the cutting edge of sustainable planning are grappling to implement. The lectures are designed to help you formulate questions and develop frameworks for tackling your research activities in the second half of the course.
Module 2 Research
On Transportation and Urban Planning in Exemplar Cities
In the second half of the class you will conduct research on cities that are some of the most effective in the world in terms of sustainable transportation and land use planning.  This potion of the class will be entirely on-line.  This is a group project with groups of 4 or 5 members.  You assignment to a group will be based on your choice of city that you would like to study.  The project will largely be based on internet research.  You will need to coordinate your research effort with your group members as well as to coordinate the development and delivery of your presentations and report. The overall goal of the project is to learn from and be inspired by the work in all the cities we are studying in this class.  Please note that virtual attendance for all work sessions and presentations is  considered mandatory and will be factored in the grades.
Group Research
Your group's research of your case study city should answer the following questions:
  1. How and why did they develop their approach to planning?
  2. What goals are they trying to advance?
  3. What procedures and techniques have they implemented in pursuit of their goals?
  4. What changes were needed in policy and governance to advance their goals?
  5. How successful have they been in moving towards their goals?
Learning Objectives
  1. Learn and understand the basic elements of effective transportation planning
  2. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the interdependency of transportation and land use planning
  3. Learn about the broad societal impacts of transportation decisions
  4. Learn about the economic, political and institutional structures that govern transportation policy making
  5. Improve written and oral communication skills
Group Project
The class project will be conducted in groups.  The grades will be based both on a group and an individual component.
There will be three (3) in-class PRESENTATIONS and a FINAL REPORT for the project.
Each student will be responsible for their section of the report.
The final report for the group should be no more that 12 typewritten pages (double spaced), inclusive of figures and tables.
Report Due: Friday December 11
There will be two (2) exams.
The exams will be based on class notes, in-class discussion, readings, homework and the project reports (for the  final exam).
Term Paper (CE 5710 only)
Students in the graduate section will be required to write a term paper of no more that 6 typewritten pages (double spaced) in a subject of their own chosing.
Due: Friday December 11
Course Materials
All material for the lecture section of the course will be made available on this site at the link below.  These include 1) lecture notes in PowerPoint format, 2) home work assignments, 3) home work solutions, 4) readings and videos, and 5) exam study guides. 
There is no required textbook for this course.
Grade Assessment

Notes on Participation

Participation points will be based on attendance at work sessions and at presentations. 

0.25 percentage point will be deducted for each work session missed, and

0.5 percentage point for each missed presentation. 


An additional bonus percentage point will be added for active participation

in asking questions during the presentations.

Software and Technological Requirements
The software/technical requirements for this course include:
Student Code of Conduct
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