Highway Engineering Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Western Michigan University

CCE 3300 Transportation Engineering

Instructor: Professor Jun-Seok Oh [jun.oh@wmich.edu]


Instructor: Dr.Jun-Seok Oh 269-276-3216 jun.oh@wmich.edu
Office: CEAS G-242 Tuesday & Thursday
Other times
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
By appointment
Classes: CEAS D-201 Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Course Description

Introduction to analysis and design of fundamental transportation system components, such as highways and traffic systems, individual vehicle motion, basic elements of geometric design, pavement design, vehicle flow and elementary traffic flow relations, capacity analysis, and traffic forecasting.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to introduce students the fundamentals of transportation engineering and traffic analysis. By the end of this course, students should be able to start applying these skills to model, plan, and design transportation systems.

Course Outcomes

  • Obtain an understanding of the fundamentals of transportation engineering.
  • Learn basic techniques in highway engineering and traffic analysis.
  • Apply the principles of transportation engineering to solve highway-related problems that are most likely to be encountered in engineering practice.

    Prerequisites and Requirements

    CCE 2360


  • Mannering and Washburn (2016). Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis. 6th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Required)
  • Roess, Prassas, and McShane (2011) Traffic Engineering, 4th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall (Optional Reference)


  • Homework (approx. 8 assignments) ----------------------
  • Quizzes (approx. 8 times) ------------------------------------
  • Midterm Exam ---------------------------------------------------
  • Final Exam -------------------------------------------------------
  • Term Project (Extra Credit) ----------------------------------
  • 15%

    Homework Assignments and Exams

    All class assignments are due on the day and time assigned. Late assignment will NOT be accepted for grade. There will be a midterm and a final exam. Both will be in-class closed-book exams.

    Academic Honesty

    You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 274-276) or Graduate (pp. 26-28) Catalog that pertain Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

    Course Outline


    • Course outline
    • Highway engineering and traffic analysis
    Principles of Highway Design
    • Driver and pedestrian characteristics
    • Road vehicle performance
    • Geometric design of highways
      • Vertical alignment
      • Horizontal alignment
    • Pavement design and highway drainage
      • Pavement system design
      • Highway drainage

    Traffic Analysis and Engineering

    • Elements of traffic analysis
    • Traffic stream models
    • Queuing theory
    • Highway bottleneck analysis
    • Signalized Intersection Analysis
      • Optimal traffic signal timing
      • Traffic signal timing in practice
    • Freeway Level of Service Analysis
      • Basic freeway segments
      • Multilane rural and suburban highways
      • Design traffic volume

    Traffic Forecasting

    • Principles of traffic forecasting
      • Trip generation
      • Mode and destination choice
      • Highway route choice
      • Traffic forecasting in practice

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