CIVL2410 – Traffic Flow Theory & Analysis

Lecturer Dr Mahmoud Mesbah
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty EAIT
Prerequisites None
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Total average


Learning Materials ( 48 )
Learning Activities ( 50 )
Blackboard Management ( 75 )
Course Content ( 60.5 )
Course Structure ( 77 )
Contact Availability ( 75 )
Course Difficulty ( 35 )

Reviews (2)

CIVL2410 – Traffic Flow Theory & Analysis 45.1

To describe this course in a sentence or less would be " Okay difficulty to get a 4...requires ALOT of work for better The following topics: (with my rating out of 10 for enjoyability, easiness to understand and being a meaningful topic

--> a 10/10 means Its amazing/good etc... a 1/10 means its awful, useless to learn, terrible/confusing and just stupid

- Traffic fundamentals (e.g speed...density...spacing..headway...peak hour factors etc) [7/10]
- Statistical nightmare (exponential/Poisson distribution, binomial distribution, Standard deviation,statistics... [6/10]
- Shock-wave Theory [1/10]
- Unsignalised Intersection design/analysis [9/10]
- Roundabout design [10/10]
- Signalised Intersection [8.5/10]

The BAD:
- Terrible tutorials/labs in the beginning as its a coin flip if tutors/course instructor will help you understand what you're doing (Besides ADAM PEKOL he owns his tutorial clases, 10/10 would bang)
- Hardly/no resources to study practice questions, my advice, form study group and look up past CIVL2410 FB pages for other students forming a GOOGLE doc that share their "answers" to past exam papers!
- SIDRA/GIS the terrible computer based software that you use that is necessary for some Quiz questions that make no sense (cool thanks UQ)
- Again, Quiz questions seem harder than what they are because you have no prior related questions to go over...
(CIVL2410 HAS NOTHING! You cannot "YouTube" question/topics and find an INFINITE knowledge out there...because the course is an Australian based transport engineering course, the internet CANNOT help you with specific questions UNLIKE a Structural/Fluid/Concrete/Soil mechanics or Calculus/Algebra/Physics/Chemistry course that is get the point. RIP

The Good:
- Unsignalised/Signalised Intersections and Roundabouts designs
- Adam Pekol teaching Roundabouts ( he is a fantastic teacher and knows how to run the course/tutorials)
- Dr Mehmet (teachers unsignalised/signalised intersections, he is a fair teacher, however he loses a point as he teaches Shock-wave theory but to be fair, that topic is a nightmare on its own, he trys his best)
- You can gauge what will be on the Final Exam...on the easier side of engineering exams
- Adam P E K O L

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

Bachelor Eng/ Civil

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes - They have attendance marking, please go

Is the textbook necessary?


  • Fairly predictable Exam...fair difficulty to pass
  • Unsignalised/Signalised/Roundabout Intersections
  • Did I mention my bae, Adam PEKOL!?
  • Shock-wave theory can go die with fluid mechanics
  • Tutorials
  • Little/no resources to help study
Posted on July 20, 2018 9:11 pm
CIVL2410 – Traffic Flow Theory & Analysis 75.0

I found 'Traffic' to be a very enjoyable course which contained several practical aspects. All of the marks come from 5x6% assignments which are due approximately every fortnight and 65% final exam. There is also a 5% participation mark which is awarded depending on how many lectures and tutorials you attend. This mark is recorded using clicker questions, fortunately its based on participation not accuracy. The first two assignments are relatively straight forward, however a sound knowledge is crucial to achieve an accurate assignments without spend numerous hours completing it. The next 2 assignments require the use of SIDRA which is a computer program that is actually used by professional engineers. The program takes a while to understand an it is taught very poorly in class. If you work in groups you can accelerate the time it takes to complete these assignments. Unfortunately if you make 1 small mistake when using the program, it may greatly effect your SIDRA and you will not be compensated for when marking. The 5th assignment is by far the easiest, ironically it is also the module that is taught the worst.

The final exam is very doable if you attend lectures and tutorials as the content is easy and is easy to grasp and maintain in your memory. Unfortunately, the exam is hard to cramm for if you have not attended lectures as doing past exams will not help you learn the course and the final exam will be different from the practice/past exams.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2013

Your program/major

Civil Engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes. There is 5% participation mark for Lecture & Tutorial attendance

Is the textbook necessary?


  • Interesting concepts that changes your view about the roads you drive on every day
  • Assignments are easy if completed in groups
  • Content is relatively easy to follow for practically minded students
  • 2 Assignments require computer program know which is poorly taught
  • Hardish exam to cram for.
Posted on September 22, 2014 3:04 pm

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