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Transportation:   Offered by the Interdisciplinary Program in Transportation
 
GRADUATE COURSES:

Tran 552 - Geometric Design of Transportation Facilities (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CE 350 or equivalent. Design principles and criteria related to highways and railroads resulting from requirements of safety, vehicle performance, driver behavior, topography, traffic, design, speed, and levels of service. Elements of the horizontal and vertical alignments and facility cross-section, and their coordination in the design. Computer-aided design procedures including COGO, CADAM, Digital Terrain Modeling. Same as CE 552.

Tran 553 - Design and Construction of Asphalt Pavements (3 credits)
Importance of designing asphalt pavements. Topics include the origin of crude, refining crude, types of asphalts, desired properties of asphalt cement, specification and tests for asphalt cement, aggregates for asphalt mixtures, aggregate analysis, gradation and blending, hot-mix asphalt (HMA) mix design, manufacture of HMA and HMA-paving, hot and cold recycling. Same as CE 553.

Tran 592 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience (3 additive credits)
Prerequisites: permission from Transportation Program and Division of Career Development Services. Work assignments and projects are developed by the co-op office in consultation with the transportation program. Work assignments are related to student's major and are evaluated by Transportation Program faculty coordinators. Credits for this course may not be used to fulfill any transportation degree requirements.

Tran 602 - Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisite: course or working knowledge of CADD or permission of instructor. Geographical/Land Information System (GIS/LIS) is a computerized system capable of storing, manipulating and using spatial data describing location and significant properties of the earth's surface. GIS is an interdisciplinary technology used for studying and managing land uses, land resource assessment, environmental monitoring and hazard/toxic waste control, etc. Introduces emerging technology and its applications. Same as CE 602.

Tran 603 - Introduction to Urban Transportation Planning ( 3 credits)
Urban travel patterns and trends; community and land activity related to transportation study techniques including survey methods, network analysis, assignment and distribution techniques. Case studies of statewide and urban areas are examined. Same as CE 603.

Tran 604 - Public and Private Financing of Urban Areas (3 credits)
Ties government's budget, tax, policy, allocation of resources between public and private sectors, with the structure, development, and growth needs of urban metropolitan areas. Focuses on problems of poverty, transportation, land-use, economic base, relation between central cities and suburban areas, and alternative engineering and economic solutions. Same as Fin 618 and MIP 618.

Tran 608 - Behavioral Issues in Transportation Studies (3 credits)
Behavioral science concepts and principles such as perception, learning, motivation, and information processing as they relate to: transportation, consumer use of mass transit, automobiles, ridesharing and intelligent transportation systems. Same as HRM 608.

Tran 610 - Transportation Economics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate course in economics. Principles of engineering economy. Cost of highway and public transportation facilities. Economic comparisons and evaluations. Financing approaches, tax allocation theory. Programming highway and public transit improvements. Same as IE 610.

Tran 615 - Traffic Studies and Capacity (3 credits)
Prerequisite: elementary probability and statistics. Presentation of the characteristics of the traffic stream, road users, and of vehicles, and a review of traffic flow relationships. Students are exposed to the principal methodologies followed by transportation practices to perform volume, speed, travel time, delay, accident, parking, pedestrian, transit and goods movement studies. Presentation of the principal methodologies used to perform transportation facility capacity analyses for: basic freeway sections, weaving areas, ramps and ramp junctions, multi-lane and two lane roadways, signalized and unsignalized intersections. Students get hands on experience using highway capacity software (HCS) and SIDRA. Same as CE 660.

Tran 625 - Public Transportation Operations and Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil or industrial engineering or instructor approval. Presentation of the technological and engineering aspects of public transportation systems. Historical development of public transportation technologies. Vehicle and right-of-way characteristics, capacity and operating strategies. Public transportation system performance. Advanced public transportation systems. Same as CE 625.

Tran 640 - Distribution Logistics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EM 602 or Tran 650 or equivalent. Distribution logistics emphasizing systems engineering techniques used to optimize corporate profit and customer service: transportation modes; inventory policies; warehousing and order processing; and the best logistics gross margin. Same as EM 640.

Tran 643 - Transportation Finance (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate course in economics. Balance sheets and income statements. Asset and liability management, sources and costs of debt and equity financing. Financial performance measures in the private sector (airlines, railroads, trucking and bus companies). Financing issues associated with the public sector (highways and mass transit). Equity and efficiency in pricing. Subsidy allocation formulae. Innovative financing schemes in the public sector. Same as IE 643.

Tran 650 - Urban Systems Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: computer programming background. Identifies the various urban problems subject to engineering analysis, and modern techniques for their solution, including inductive and deductive mathematical methods, mathematical modeling and simulation, and decision making under uncertainty. Same as CE 650.

Tran 653 - Traffic Safety (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Tran 615 or equivalent. System behavioral principles are applied to safety aspects of highway operation and design, and improvements of existing facilities. Solutions are evaluated on the basis of cost effectiveness. Same as CE 653.

Tran 655 - Land Use Planning (3 credits)
Spatial relations of human behavior patterns to land use; methods of employment and population studies are evaluated; location and spatial requirements as related to land use plans; and concepts of urban renewal and recreational planning are investigated by case studies. Same as CE 655 and MIP 655.

Tran 659 - Flexible and Rigid Pavements (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CE 341 or equivalent. Types of rigid (Portland cement) and flexible (bituminous pavements). Properties of materials, including mineral aggregates. Design methods as functions of traffic load and expected life. Importance and consequences of construction methods. Maintenance and rehabilitation of deteriorated pavements. Same as CE 659.

Tran 700 - Master's Project (3 credits)
Prerequisite: written approval of project advisor. An independent project demonstrating the student's professional competence in an area of specialization. Oral examination and written report required.

Tran 701 - Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Prerequisite: written approval of thesis advisor. A comprehensive project, usually in the form of substantial study and analysis, a functional design project or control-operations systems study.

Tran 702 - Selected Topics in Transportation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: advisor's approval. Topics of special or current interest.

Tran 705 - Mass Transportation Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Tran 610 or IE 610. Investigation of bus, rapid transit, commuter railroad, and airplane transportation systems. Existing equipment, economics, capacity, and terminal characteristics are discussed, as well as new systems and concepts. Long- and short-range transportation systems are compared. Same as CE 705.

Tran 720 - Discrete Choice Modeling for Travel Demand Forecasting (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Tran 610 or equivalent. Discrete choice modeling describes a class of theoretical and analytical models essential for most advanced planning and forecasting efforts in transportation analysis. Includes logit, multi-nominal, and probit models. Develops theoretical and analytical skills needed to design, estimate and apply both revealed and stated preference models to appropriate travel demand forecasting problems.

Tran 740 - Management of Transportation Carriers (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Tran 610 or equivalent and Tran 650 or EM 602 or equivalent. Presents theory and practice of managing transportation carriers, including the concepts of costing, pricing, designing and marketing transportation service; the concepts of financial efficiency and resource productivity with application to the selected freight carriers in each mode of transportation. Selected case studies of carriers? operations management practices in various modes. Comparative studies of service characteristics, market share, cost structures both within a particular transportation mode and between modes. Same as EM 740.

Tran 751 - Transportation Design (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Tran 603. Design problems for airports, terminals, and highway intersections and interchanges are undertaken. Same as CE 751.

Tran 752 - Traffic Control (3 credits)
Traffic laws and ordinances; regulatory measures; traffic control devices; markings, signs and signals; timing of isolated signals; timing and coordination of arterial signal systems; operational controls; flow, speed, parking; principles of transportation system management/ administration; highway lighting; and state-of-the-art surveillance and detection devices and techniques. Hands-on experience with TRAF/NETSIM and FREESIM. Same as CE 752.

Tran 753 - Airport Design and Planning (3 credits)
Prerequisites or corequisites: Tran 610 or EM 693 and Tran 615. Planning of individual airports and statewide airport systems. Functional design of air and landside facilities. Orientation, number and length of runways. Concepts of airport capacity. Passenger and freight terminal facility requirements. Airport access systems. FAA operating requirements. Financial, safety and security issues. Same as CE 753 and IE 753.

Tran 754 - Port Design and Planning (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Tran 610 or EM 693 and Tran 615. Functional design of the water and landsides for general cargo, liquid and dry bulk, and container operations. Yard and storage systems. Port capacity in an intermodal network. Economic, regulatory, and environmental issues. Same as CE 754 and IE 754.

Tran 755 - Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Tran 752. Techniques used to improve the safety, efficiency and control of surface transportation systems. Emphasis on technological and operational issues of these systems and using them for incident detection and for traffic management through route and mode diversion.

Tran 760 - Urban Transportation Networks (3 credits)
Prerequisites: elementary probability and statistics and Tran 650 or equivalent. Provides analytical techniques for the analysis of transportation problems in an urban environment. Principal components include applications of models for the analysis of transportation problems, advanced static, dynamic, and stochastic traffic assignment procedures and transportation network design exact and heuristic solution algorithms. Offers hands-on experience with existing software in traffic assignment and transportation network design.

Tran 765 - Multi-modal Freight Transportation Systems Analysis (3 credits )
Prerequisites: Tran 610 or equivalent and Tran 650 or EM 602 or equivalent. Quantitative methods for the analysis and planning of freight transportation services. The supply-performance-demand paradigm for freight transportation systems. Cost and performance as determined by system design and operations. Relationship of traffic and revenue to service levels and pricing. Optimal service design and redesign for transportation enterprises and operations planning. Fleet and facility investment planning. Applications to various modes. Same as EM 765 and CE 765.

Tran 790 - Doctoral Dissertation and Research (Credits as designated)
Corequisite: Tran 791. Required of all candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in Transportation. A minimum of 36 credits is required. Students may register for 6 to 15 credits of dissertation per semester. If 36 credits are achieved prior to completion of the doctoral dissertation and research, students must register for 3 credits per semester thereafter.

Tran 791 - Doctoral Seminar (Non-credit)
Corequisite: Tran 790. A seminar in which faculty, students, and invited speakers will present summaries of advanced topics in transportation. Students and faculty will discuss research procedures, dissertation organization, and content. Students engaged in research will present their own problems and research progress for discussion and criticism.

Tran 792 - Pre-Doctoral Research (B = 3 credits, or, C = 6 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of program director. For students admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Transportation who have not yet passed the qualifying examination. Research is carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the program. Up to 6 credits may be applied toward the required dissertation credits for the program. Effective From: Fall 2007