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San Jos State University

Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
CEE 122, Traffic Engineering, Spring 2012
Instructor: P. Paul Ma
Office Location:
Engineering Building 157; or
San J ose City Hall 8
Floor, Department of Transportation

Telephone: (408) 975-3272
Email: Professor.paul.ma@gmail.com
Web Page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/po-liang.ma
Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 12:30 1:30 PM; or
Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri: by appointment

Class Days/Time: Wednesdays, 1:30 4:15 PM
Classroom: ENG 395
J unior Standing (see CEE Policy on Enforcement of
Prerequisites/Co-requisites in the back page)
Course Description
Design of traffic control systems to include traffic signals and other traffic control devices
for safe and efficient vehicular flow; traffic surveys; traffic operations. (3 units)
Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
1. To introduce the fundamental principles of traffic engineering.

Student learning outcome:
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of traffic engineering,
including the effects of human and vehicular characteristics, time-space diagrams
and traffic flow theory.

2. To discuss some aspects of the practice of traffic engineering.

Student learning outcome:
The student will demonstrate the ability to solve simple queuing problems, carry out
level of service and capacity analysis for freeway segments, produce simple signal
timing plans and solve selected problems related to safety engineering.

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3. To expose students to some real world problems related to traffic engineering.

Student learning outcome:
The student will demonstrate basic understanding of some of the effects of field
conditions, which should be taken into account when proposing solutions to traffic
ABET Performance Criteria
A2) Demonstrate an ability to use fundamental engineering theory and applied science to
perform engineering calculations, evaluate systems, and solve engineering problems.
(Objective 1)

E1) Demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems in the
following civil engineering areas: Construction, Environmental, Geotech, Structural,
Transportation and Water Resources. (Objective 2)

J 2) Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and analyze information related to contemporary
issues, such as legal issues, current codes, new technologies, the environment, traffic, and
other social issues. (Objective 3)
Required Texts/Readings
Homburger, Wolfgang S., J erome W. Hall, William K. Reilly and Edward C. Sullivan.
Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering. 16th Edition. University of California, 2007
ISSN 0192-5911
Other Readings
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. A Policy on
Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. Washington D.C., 2004.

Mannering, Fred L. Walter P. Kilareski and Scott S. Washburn. Highway Engineering and
Traffic Analysis. Fourth Edition. Wiley and Sons, 2009.

Banks, J ames H. Introduction to Transportation Engineering. Second Edition. McGraw-
Hill, 2002.

Garber, Nicholas J . and Lester A. Hoel. Traffic and Highway Engineering. Third Edition.
Brooks/Cole, 2002.

Institute of Transportation Engineers. Manual of Traffic Engineering Studies. Prentice Hall,

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Institute of Transportation Engineers. Traffic Engineering Handbook. Fifth Edition.
Prentice Hall, 1999.

Khisty, J otin C. and B. Kent Lall. Transportation Engineering, An Introduction. Third
Edition. Prentice Hall, 2003.

May, Adolf D. Traffic Flow Fundamentals. Prentice Hall, 1990.

McShane, William R. and Roger P. Roess. Traffic Engineering. Third Edition. Prentice
Hall, 2004.

Papacostas, C.S. and P.D. Prevedouros. Transportation Engineering and Planning. Third
Edition. Prentice-Hall, 2001.

Transportation Research Board. Highway Capacity Manual. Washington D.C., 2000.
Dropping and Adding
Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops,
academic renewal, etc. Information on add/drops are available at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-
dbgen/narr/soc-fall/rec-324.html . Information about late drop is available at
http://www.sjsu.edu/sac/advising/latedrops/policy/ . Students should be aware of the current
deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes.
Assignments and Grading Policy
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 30%
Exam 3 (Final) 40%
Homework 5%
The exams will be closed book and will be based upon class, homework, as well as assigned
reading material. No note is allowed. Make-up exams will only be given under extreme
Homework, based upon class and reading material, will be assigned on a routine basis.
Homework that will be graded will be designated in advance. Homework is collected at
start of class on the announced due date, usually a week after the assignment. No late
homework will be accepted.

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A letter grade will be assigned based on semester composite score of each student:

Score Grade
95.0 or higher A+
87.5 to 94.9 A
80.0 to 87.4 A-
75.0 to 79.9 B+
70.0 to 74.9 B
65.0 to 69.9 B-
60.0 to 64.9 C
59.9 or lower D/ F
University Policies
Academic integrity
Students should know that the Universitys Academic Integrity Policy is availabe at
Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San J ose State
University and the Universitys integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your
academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of
Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The website for Student Conduct and Ethical
Development is available at http://www.sa.sjsu.edu/judicial_affairs/index.html.
Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism
(presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another persons ideas without
giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this
class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise
specified. If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted,
or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJ SUs Academic Policy F06-1 requires
approval of instructors.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to
make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an
appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential
Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must
register with the DRC (Disability Resource Center) to establish a record of their disability.

CEE 122 Spring 2012 Course Schedule
Tentative, Subject to Change with Notice
Week Date Topic Reading

J an 25 Introduction 1,2

Feb 1 Human factors in traffic operations and design 3A-3E

Feb 8 Vehicular factors in traffic operations and design 3G-3H

Feb 15 Vehicular flow models definitions, studies and
4A-B, 5,
6A-G3A, 6G4-H, 7

Feb 22 Vehicular flow models definitions, studies and
4A-B, 5,
6A-G3A, 6G4-H, 7

Feb 29 Exam 1

Mar 7 Vehicular flow models macroscopic and
microscopic models

Mar 14 Capacity and level-of service principles 8A-B5, 8C, 8D1-2

Mar 21 Capacity and level-of-service analysis and
related design principles
8A-B5, 8C, 8D1-2

Mar 28 No class - spring recess

Apr 4 Capacity and level-of-service analysis and
related design principles
8A-B5, 8C, 8D1-2

Apr 11 Exam 2

Apr 18 Traffic control principles 13,14A-D, 15A-D5

Apr 25 Traffic control applications 13,14A-D, 15A-D5

May 2 Accidents and safety engineering 9

May 9 Special topic/Review

May 21 Final Exam (Monday, 1215-1430)

CEE Policy Statement on Enforcement of Prerequisites/Co-requisites
for Undergraduate Courses.

All undergraduate students must hand in the following documents (as appropriate) to the
class instructor at the beginning of the third class meeting:

1. A transcript (unofficial) showing that the student has the prerequisites and co-
requisites for the course with the required grade.

2. A copy of the assist.org document showing the equivalency for any prerequisite or
co-requisite if the course was taken at another university or a community college.

3. A signed equivalency forms if the prerequisite or co-requisite was taken at a college
for which an assist.org document is not available.

4. A copy of the students official schedule for the current semester indicating
enrollment in a co-requisite course if the student is concurrently enrolled in a co-

5. For courses that require junior and/or senior standing, the instructor will check the
class roster to verify the required standing.

Students who do not meet the prerequisites or co-requisites will be dropped from the
course. Students who are enrolled in the class at the beginning of the semester and fail to
produce the appropriate documents by the beginning of the third class meeting will be
dropped from the course.

Students who were not enrolled in the class at the beginning of the semester will produce
the required document(s) by the beginning of the third class meeting after enrolling in the
course. Such students, who fail to produce the appropriate document(s) by the beginning
of the third class meeting after enrolling in the course, will be dropped from the course.