ENG09013 2014 Traffic Control and Safety

General Details

Full Title
Traffic Control and Safety
Transcript Title
Traffic Control and Safety
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2014 - Full Academic Year 2014-15
End Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
Brian McCann

This module examines the requirements for road safety, traffic control and signing, and road lighting for the provision of a safe and effective road network for all users.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critique the requirements for traffic signs and road markings for rural and urban road networks.


Formulate the requirements of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at traffic signal controlled and other road junctions and crossing facilities.


Determine the practices and options relating to the installation, design, operation and maintenance of traffic signal, signal crossing and other traffic control facilities.


Appraise the requirements and design of road and street lighting facilities.


Evaluate the procedures for the implementation of road safety audits and road carriageway design provision for new and existing road schemes for the safe and efficient transit of both vehicular and non-motorised users and assess the requirements for the planning and co-ordination of roadworks and temporary traffic management.


Investigate sustainable methodologies for the provision of low-cost engineering and traffic calming measures to reduce road accidents on the urban and rural road network.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the provision of on-line lectures, tutorials and group workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

A blend of final written examination and continuous assessment.

Repeat Assessments

The learner must undertake repeat final written examination and/or continuous assessment project work depending on the particular failed element to achieve an overall pass grade.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Interpretation and application of the Traffic Signs Manual to public road networks. Tendering and application of road marking provision. 

2. Design and assessment of pedestrian and other non-motorised user crossing facilities at junctions and other road crossing points. At grade and grade separated pedestrian crossing design and provision.

3. Design and appraisal of traffic route and junction lighting requirements, and associated monitoring and maintenance methods for lighting provision.

4. Installation, design, operation and maintenance of traffic signal control facilities, signal controlled crossings for non-motorised users and associated equipment.

5. Road safety requirements for the public road network, including road edge drainage facilities. Procedures to implement road safety audits and condition surveys on new and existing road schemes.

6. Requirements of non-motorised and vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists in both off and on-carriageway locations and layouts. The requirements for road crossings, junctions and overall design considerations for non-motorised users of the public road network.

7. Design of traffic calming and speed management facilities for urban roads and roads passing through rural communities.

8. Assess the requirements for the planning and co-ordination of roadworks and temporary traffic management.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 6 1,2,3
2 Workshop Group project Continuous Assessment Group Project 10 % Week 7 2,3,4,5
3 Project Continuous Assessment Individual Project 20 % Week 13 5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Offsite Workshop/Site visit 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1996-11-29 Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering CRC Press
ISBN 0340662794 ISBN-13 9780340662793

Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering is a comprehensive textbook on principles and practice. It includes sections on transport policy and planning, traffic surveys and accident investigation, road design for capacity and safety, and traffic management. Clearly written and illustrated, the book is ideal reading for students of transport, transport planning, traffic engineering and road design.

Written by senior academics in the field of transport, it is a worthy successor to the widely acclaimed first volume of O'Flaherty's Highways. The content has been expanded and thoroughly updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in this topical area.

Recommended Reading
2010 Highway Safety Manual Three-volume Set 2010 AASHTO
ISBN 1560514779 ISBN-13 9781560514770

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anon 1996 A Guide to Road Safety Engineering in Ireland, DTTAS

Anon, Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, Highways Agency/DoT UK

Anon, 2000-2014 Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 5 HD15-19 and Volume 8 Traffic Signs and Lighting, NRA

Anon, 2005, Guidelines on Traffic Calming For Towns and Villages on National Routes, NRA

Anon, 2010, Traffic Signs Manual, DTTAS

Anon, 2010, Guidance for the Control and Management of Traffic at Roadworks, 2nd Edition, DTTAS

Anon, 2010, Guidelines for the Application of Special Speed Limits, DTTAS

Anon,  2003 "Traffic Management Guidelines"  DTO/DTTAS/NRA



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