CE 502 Traffic Operations

Highway capacity; traffic control systems; intelligent vehicle/highway systems; and other advanced topics. This course is open to undergrads as an engineering science elective. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Introductory transportation course (CE 305) or consent of instructor.

• Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of general highway capacity concepts, methods and applications, by correctly using both manual and computer methods.
  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of the HCM2016 (2016 Highway Capacity Manual).
  • Perform signal timing for isolated and coordinated signals and conduct analyses of congested freeways and arterials.
  • Perform data collection and statistical analysis related to transportation facility capacity and quality of service.

• Course Requirements

One mid-term exam 25 %
Homework (approximately three) 30 %
Research project report and presentation 15 %
Comprehensive final examination 30 %

• Textbook

The HCM 2016 has been published, and will be available for purchase from the National Academies of Sciences, Transportation Research Board. Students who register will receive a 50% discount, and will purchase the HCM directly from TRB once their name is on the class roster.

For more information please  see http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/175169.aspx

• Reference Materials

W. McShane, E. Prassas, and R. Roess. Traffic Engineering, Prentice Hall,
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Third Edition, 2004.

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Nagui M. Rouphail, Professor
Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Professor of Civil Engineering
Mann Hall 322, Box 7533
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Fax: 919-515-7908
Email: rouphail@ncsu.edu