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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/72]  CIVIL ENGINEERING [72/00 - Ord. 2013]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 60


- Provide students with the basic concepts of the design approach (traditional and systemic) as well as a knowledge of the laws governing the motion of the different forms of transportation (land, air, and sea), of transport network elements aimed at the economic assessment of transport interventions and of decision support models and analysis in order to optimise transport infrastructure design (roads, railways, ports, airports, parking areas, etc.) –
- Succeed in putting into practice the knowledge, methods and models as well as the
comprehension skills acquired during the course by means of real-life applications
- Develop students’ analytical skills – improve their communication skills in the classroom and in practical classes develop specific learning skills that enable students to explore topics in greater depth independently.
- The students’ will be assessed on the basis of their knowledge of the topics addressed during the course and on their critical thinking skills. They will also be required to use an appropriate technical language when presenting a topic.


Fundamentals of mathematical analysis and general physics.


The course will cover the following topics

TRANSPORTATION TECHNIQUES (26h lectures, 4h practical classes)
Classification of transportation systems– Elements of the mechanics of locomotion - Main elements of a transport network –the road transportation system - the air transportation system - the marine transportation system, transport safety and environmental impact.

ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF PROJECTS (8h lectures, 2h practical classes)
The decision making process – evaluation of design alternatives–evaluation of project costs and benefits– monocriterion analyses– appraisal of investment projects– examples of project evaluation using cost-benefits analysis.

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING (8h lecture, 2h practical classes)
The process of planning a transportation system – Representation of the system using mathematical models – Planning tools – Overview of main simulation software used in transportation planning: representation of a transport network and scenario simulation.

MODULE OF TRAFFIC FLOW THEORY AND TECHNIQUE (8h lectures, 2h practical classes)
The parameters of the vehicular flow. The main traffic flow models. The level of services. The traffic flow on highways. Traffic flow on two-lane roads.

Teaching Methods

The course comprises classroom lectures and the illustration of a variety of projects with the interactive participation of the students, for a total of 60 hours. The lectures provide a theoretical explanation of the topics addressed as well as numerous practical examples and exercises for those topics that require specific applications. Students are strongly encouraged to contribute to the development of the reasoning that surrounds the preparation of case studies that emerge from the projects presented.

Verification of learning

Students will be assessed by means of two tests, the first during the course itself, the second an end-of-course test (if passed these tests count as exams) Examinations are written or alternatively, upon request, students can opt for an oral exam. The exams will cover the main topics addressed during the course: mechanics of locomotion, analysis of investment appraisal, road traffic flow theory and techniques, etc. Each topic is assessed separately with a mark out of 30; the final mark is the average of the marks obtained for each of the three parts. Students have around 90 minutes to complete the exam, depending on difficulty.


-Slides distribuited during the course
- Fadda P., Fancello G., Meloni I., Olivari M., "Fondamenti di trasporti", Aracne Editore, 2010.

More Information

The classroom lectures are conducted with the aid of a PC connected to a projector to show slides that illustrate the concepts explained by the lecturer. The slides concern the topics addressed in the text book used, as well as specific topics for integrating information: for example, they provide clarifying examples, additional exercises, real case studies, films etc. All the slide material can be accessed by the students, as per the indications provided during the course.

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