Welcome to Urban Transport Systems course!
The course belongs to the special module of transportation and highway engineering R329-C.
The course includes methods and analytical procedures for planning and operations of urban public transport and logistics.
Some of the main course content includes:
- Vehicle characteristics
- Infrastructure and technologies
- Performance objectives and measures
- Network planning
- Network scheduling and operations
- Cost and evaluation
- Organization and management
A student who has passed the course can:
- describe the key characteristics and roles of urban public transport modes
- compute both way and station capacity for urban public transport modes
- compute and draw the basic geometric requirements for trucks, buses and rail vehicles
- describe the basis features of major public transport stops, terminals and depots
- describe public transport organizational and management structures and operating principles
- describe the key characteristics of all significant freight transport modes
- compute and compare the Total Logistics Cost for several options
- use basic urban distribution routing algorithms and estimate fleet sizes
- compute and plot all basic values needed for public transportation scheduling
- perform basic cost computations using parametric cost models
- perform a feasibility evaluation of proposed modes and technologies
Lecturer: Assistant Professor Milos Mladenovic, R340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant: University Teacher Jouni Ojala, R337, email@example.com
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 13 - 15h
Course will include guest lecturers on specific topics. In addition, the course will include a site visit.
The assessment will consist of the following main parts:
- Assignments (40%)
- In-class exercises (20%)
- Review paper (40%)
More information on these components can be found in their subpages. 50% cumulative grade is needed for obtaining a passing course mark.
A note on professionalism: As this is a graduate level course, students are expected to act professionally by attending all class meetings, arriving on-time and prepared, actively participating, making logical arguments substantiated by evidence, and respecting others. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class. Unless you receive an extension from the instructor, you will lose one full grade per day for every late work. Moreover, as peers in this class, you will also evaluate each others work for some activities.
A note on attendance: The format of this class includes in-class activities. Thus, you might not get a chance to earn points for in-class activities if you miss the class. If you want to make up for missing the class, you are permitted to makeup the points for up to three absences by writing a 1-page summary of the day's topics. Special accommodation will be taken into consideration for medical or work related situations. In this case, please discuss any issues with the instructor.
A note on discussion: In order to make the learning community we will build together successful, you need to bring your most thoughtful and most actively engaged self to the seminar each week. Consequently, your opinion is highly valued in this course, and the discussion format of the course is designed to help you practice your skills of verbal argument. You are encouraged to focus on logical arguments that connect opinions with different types of evidence. One starting point for improving your argumentation might be Toulmin Model of Argumentation (http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~digger/305/toulmin_model.htm). As course participants may come to this seminar from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, we will benefit from this diversity by learning from each other.