Transportation Systems Engineering 1

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An-NajahNational University                                                               Faculty of Engineering

Nablus                                                                                                        Dept. of Civil Eng.




3 Credit hours                                                                                                            Pre-requisite: CE 320 1st Semester 2009/2010                                                                          

Prof. Sameer Abu-Eisheh, Dr. Khaled Al-Sahili, Eng. Hussain Abu Zant



The course is designed to give the student the necessary knowledge and practical training in the analysis of transportation systems. Principles of engineering design and planning for the highway system is emphasized. Various other transportation systems will be briefly studied including: railroads and airports. A design project will assist the student in understanding the theoretical concepts through practicing design of highways.


The multimedia dimension of the course is designed to enable the student to use advanced computer, multimedia and networking capabilities to assist him/her in learning and understanding the material, including the inclusion of images, sound, animations, and maps as needed.



  1. Traffic and Highway Engineering, 4th edition. By: N. Garber and L. Hoel, 2009
  2. Transportation Engineering - Planning and Design, 4th edition. By: P. Wright and N. Ashford, 1998.

There is a supplementary multimedia courseware CD, developed by An-Najah Team. The contents of the courseware are also posted on a World Wide Web (www) site especially designed for the course.The multimedia courseware was part of a UNESCO funded project dealing with the development of a basic Transportation Engineering courseware.



The following references will help the student to expand his/her knowledge in the topics covered through the course:

  1. Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis. 4th edition. By: F. Mannering, 2008.
  2. A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. By: AASHTO, 2001.
  3. Highway Engineering, 6th edition. By: P. Wright, 1996.
  4. Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering. By: C. Papacostas, 1987.
  5. Highway Engineering, 4th edition. By: C. Oglesby and R. Hicks, 1982.


Web Sites:

 Transportation Research Board                       

  1. Instituteof Transportation Engineers    
  2. U.S. Department of Transportation                  
  3. U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics           
  4. ITS Research Center, Texas A&M                 
  5. American Public Transit Association    
  6. Airport Technology (Projects, etc.)                  
  7. Automotive Technology (Projects, etc.)            


In addition, An-Najah National University library has access to several international periodicals and articles.




The Contents of the Transportation Engineering Systems I course include:










1.  Introduction to Transportation Systems Engineering

  1. Introduction to the transportation sector
  2. Transportation systems characteristics
  3. Modes of transportation
  4. Fields of transportation engineering
  5. Transportation systems issues and challenges



2.  Human, Vehicle and Transportation Environment Characteristics

  1.  Human-vehicle-environment interaction
  2.  Driver characteristics
  3.  Vehicle characteristics
  4.  Road-vehicle performance 


3.  Highway Location



  1.  The highway design process
  2.  Design controls and criteria
  3.  Highway location


4.  Geometric Design of  Highway Facilities

  1.  Design of the cross section
  2.  Design of the horizontal alignment
  3.  Design of the vertical alignment
  4.  Computer aided design


5.  Introduction to Railroad Engineering 

  1.  Railway location and route layout
  2.  The railway cross section



6.  Introduction to Airport Engineering 

  1. Airport planning and layout
  2. Principles of airport design
  3. Runway length and orientation


7.  Introduction to Transportation Planning 

  1.  The Transportation Planning Process
  2.  Forecasting Travel Demand





25%              Homework (5%), Paper (5%) and Project (15%)

35%              Mid-Term Exams

40%              Final Exam

100%            Total