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Transportation & Urban Systems

Requirements for the degree will be met by each student formulating their plan of study utilizing the following courses as required.

Core Courses

TL 751 Transportation Systems Security (3). This course examines security threats and solutions related to transportation systems. Specific focus is placed securing passenger and freight modes of transportation including railroad, highway, aviation, maritime and pipelines from acts of terrorism and intentional disruption.

TL 752 Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance (3). This course provides an overview of the procedures of transportation planning and environmental compliance, to include an understanding of the related policies and procedures as they relate to transportation systems, and compliance with local, state, and federal laws. A discussion of emissions, hazardous cargo, and permitting also will be provided.

TL 753 Transportation System Modeling (3). This course focuses on quantitative techniques used for planning and operation of transportation systems. Topics include: system capacities and flows, comprehensive models of transportation and urban systems, and understanding how political processes, new technologies, and economic considerations affect transportation decisions.

TL 754 Urban Transportation Systems Analysis (3). This course provides students with an understanding of system analysis tools used in urban transportation. Students will work with analytical techniques employed in urban transportation planning, such as traffic forecasting and system capacity analysis and apply these techniques using real-world data for analyzing both the demand and supply of transportation.

TL 755 Context Sensitive Solutions (3). Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) examine, in addition to traditional transportation engineering factors, impacts on the community as well as the natural and human environment. This course will introduce students to the main principles of CSS and allow them to learn how they are applied through use of case studies.

TL 756 Transportation Systems Analysis (3). This course provides students with and understanding of the interrelationships that exist between land use and transportation and the related impacts to the economy, environment and to society as a whole in the planning context.

TL 786 Public Transportation (3). This course focuses on public transportation issues and models. Topics include: policy issues, government's role in transit, transit planning, demand forecasting, performance evaluation, and system costing. Students will work on projects directly related to a transit system. Industry experts will provide guest lectures.

TL 787 Public Transportation II (3). This course focuses on concepts and modeling procedures used when planning and operating public transportation systems. Topics covered include transit demand analysis, quality of service concepts and estimation, bus and rail capacity, and service planning. Prereq: TL 786.

TL 794 Practicum and Internship (1-8)

TL 797 Master's Paper (1-3)

TL 798 Master's Thesis (1-10)


TL 711 Logistics Systems (4). Foundation material critical to establishing effective supply chains in various decision making environments. Topics include inventory theory, forecasting, aggregate planning, and project management. Decision making techniques include linear programming, project management, and knowledge management.

TL 721 International Logistics Management (4). This course provides a coherent perspective on contemporary global logistics from raw materials through production to the customer. Addresses the roles of governments and intermediaries, international sourcing and the application of local trade laws. Discussion of economic, political, and social issues that may affect international transportation. Prereq: TL 711.

TL 723 Advanced Supply-chain Across the Enterprise (3). Builds on theories and tools developed in TL 711. By understanding both current capabilities and evolving needs of an organization, the appropriate modifications to the organization's supply chain can be identified. Prereq: TL 711.

TL 729 Adaptive Planning in Logistics Systems (3). Presents a systems view with a focus on how remote sensing technology enables sense and respond logistics. Topics include organizational structure, strategic alliances, programmed decision making, supply-chain dynamics, and the value of information transparency. Prereq: TL 711.

TL 731 Logistics Decision Analysis (3). This course covers collection, management and analysis of logistics information necessary to make good decisions as well as quantitative decision analysis models for systematic evaluation of decision situations involving uncertainty, complexity, alternatives, and preferences.

Areas of Focus

Spatial Analysis Focus

GEOG 655 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4). Application of the principles of geographic information systems and integrally related mapping to solve problems related to environment site characterizations, resource exploration, soil and groundwater contamination, geological and geotechnical investigations, waste management, construction, etc. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 455.}

GEOG 656 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3). Application and analysis of advanced techniques and principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies to fully address spatial and time related problems related to urban site characterizations, hydrologi analyses, risk assessment, policy making, disaster response and strategis defense techniques. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. Prereq: GEOG 655. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 456.}.

TL 785 Spatial Analysis in Transportation (3). This course focuses on applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to transportation networks and problems. The emphasis is on data modeling. Topics include: linear referencing, dynamic segmentation, network analysis, urban and land use planning, routing of hazardous materials, and asset management applications.

Transportation Planning Focus

CE 780 Transportation Planning (3). Development and trends in travel demand forecasting; trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment; transportation plans for modal, multi-modal, and paratransit alternatives; policy formulation and analysis.

Information Systems Technologies Focus

TL 725 ERP Configuration (3). Examines the impact of sensor network systems driving business data collection, and the configuration of Enterprise Systems. Includes peer reviewed articles pertaining to enterprise network system application theory with a focus on supply chain systems. Prereq: TL 715

Emergency Response and Diaster Focus

TL 719 Crisis Analysis and Homeland Security (3). Provides an integrated approach to crisis analysis and response within the contexts of military logistics and homeland security. Focus is on the social and cultural context of emergencies, disasters and catastrophes.

Enterprise Management Focus

TL 715 Introduction to ERP (3). This course introduces students to Enterprise Systems and their implementation. Topics covered include: process integration, value chain management, change management, project management, and knowledge management.

TL 727 Organizational Change Management (3). Change management as the process of making either incremental improvements or radical changes to an organization for the purpose of enhancing both organizational and individual effectiveness. A multi-perspective systems viewpoint is employed, stressing pragmatic implications for leadership.

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