Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 08:20:03 MST From: Renee Buchanan [RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu]
University of Utah
Civil and Environmental Engineering 420 "Traffic Engineering"
Instructor: Peter Martin, Associate Professor
Intersection and Highway Capacity Analysis Accident analysis, road safety
The Course Goals are to introduce the theoretical concepts that underpin traffic engineering and to apply these ideas to a series of practical traffic engineering problems. The course objectives are to learn, report writing and library research skills; how to analyze and design traffic facilities and data analysis techniques. The course will introduce advanced transportation concepts of traffic flow theory, traffic control system design and intelligent transportation systems.
How the class will meet the required criteria for SERVICE-LEARNING designation Students will have the opportunity to take either a conventional course or a Service Learning structure. The former will rely on 40% of the grade awarded through traditional problem solving. The latter will rely on 40% grade from the Service Learning component. The Service Learning element is detailed below.
Service Learning Project
The Service Learning project will:
be addressing real traffic problems in real communities.
relate to the practical application of the theory provided formally in class.
enable students to follow the way that theoretical principles help the professional engineer to help communities to resolve transportation problems.
assess the learning derived through peer group evaluation of projects and presentations.
provide service interactions in the community facilitated through the presentation to the communities of reports, and through the participation of the local groups in the assessment of student contributions.
enhance civic education through student exposure to the complex interaction between small local groups and municipal authorities.
Service Learning Project Report Format (Extract from the instructions to be issued for Service Learning students)
Your reports will be evaluated on both their technical content and quality of presentation, including English composition. Mathematical equations, diagrams, data sheets, etc., can be done by hand, but all text must be typewritten or word-processed. While you will be working in groups, your reports will be individual. Minor details may vary, but reports should usually follow the structure suggested below:
I . Title Page - This should include the title, the class name and your name.
2. Executive Summary - Succinctly identify the nature and motivation of the study, the general characteristics of the methodology, and the principle conclusions and recommendations.
3. Background - Describe in more detail the nature of the study, the questions being addressed, the theoretical basis for the analysis, and any other pertinent background information.
4. Approach - Describe in moderate detail what you did, with specific reference to the theoretical justification for your work.
5. Results - Present your results in summarized form that is easy to follow, using summary tables and charts where appropriate. Detailed work sheets and voluminous interim results should be banished to an appendix, or omitted altogether, if this helps to improve legibility. Include any recommendations and their justification.
6 . Appendices (if necessary). I would expect your reports to be
about 15 to 20 pages of double spaced typed text including tables and
diagrams but excluding Appendices. To achieve a good score, the
report must be both a high quality piece of technical writing (in
presentation and content) and exhibit a high degree of insight into
the problem and analysis methods. You should note weak assumptions
and important issues overlooked in the formulation of the assignment,
weaknesses in the data, weaknesses in the analysis methods, and
suggesting possible remedies to these weaknesses as well as
Local Organizations Cooperating with the Program Salt Lake City Council, Tim Harpst,
Salt Lake City Transportation Engineer
Doug Anderson, UDOT Research and Development
Mick Crandall, Wasatch Front Planning Organization, Director WFMPO
Salt Lake County,
Tosh Kano, Transportation Engineer West Valley Resident Group, Rodney Smith West Bountiful Community Council
Local Groups To Benefit form Service Learning
Millcreek Lions Club, Clyde Reaveley
Sugar house Community Council, Rich Bennet, Rawlins Young, Vice Chairs Arcadia Heights Community Council, Andrea Barrows, Chair Center for Liveable Streets, Mary Rait, Leader