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Traffic Signal Operations

Traffic Signal Operations
A Blended Learning Course developed by ITE and the Consortium for Innovative Education at the University of Maryland

This course gives the student an overview of the terms associated with signal timing; discusses the concepts of cycle length, split, offset, midblock friction, phase sequences, the signal timing process, and signal timing optimization; and looks at the types of actuated controllers, passage time, extension, and the coordination of actuated and pretimed controllers. It also discusses the development of timing plans, explores types of signal control (first generation control and advanced techniques, including Rhodes, RT-TRACS, SCAT, and SCOOT) and investigates the relationship of signal timing to ITS: regional and system/design considerations.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the fundamental concepts underlying traffic control signal timing
  • Identify the different types of traffic control signals and their operating characteristics
  • Define the terms used to evaluate the effectiveness of traffic signal control
  • List the steps involved in developing timing plans
  • Recognize the role of traffic signal control systems within the broader context of ITS
Instructor(s)
Kevin Lee 
Read more about the instructor below. 

Fees
ITE Member fee: $319
Non-member fee: $399

What is a Blended Learning Course?
A training course that combines the best features of classroom instruction and online learning. The benefits of this popular format include:
  • Live web conferences with an experienced instructor
  • Convenient, flexible online learning that is available 24/7/365
  • A schedule that keeps you on target to complete the course
  • Lively discussion forums that allow for collaboration and interaction with peers and the instructor while solving real-world workshop problems.

Course Syllabus
Course Material Review
Friday, September 28 – Thursday, October 11, 2018
Students are advised to review Lessons 1-3 of the course material in Moodle.
Lesson 1. Fundamental Terms and Concepts
Lesson 2: Signal Timing Concepts
Lesson 3. Project Planning

Friday, October 12 – Thursday, October 25, 2018
Students are advised to review Lessons 4-6 of the course material in Moodle.
Lesson 4. Timing Plan Development
Lesson 5. Types of Signal Control
Lesson 6. Relationship to ITS

Web Conferences
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00 – 2:30 PM (ET)
The instructor will introduce the course and let students know what will be expected from them. Students will be able to ask questions about upcoming course workshops and any course material reviewed to date. Dial-in information will be posted in Moodle.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
Conference call with the instructor – If students have any questions about the course material reviewed to date or the course workshop, they should submit them to the instructor via e-mail by 9:00 AM (ET) the day of the call. The instructor will answer them during the conference call and will also discuss Course Workshop # 1. Dial-in information will be posted in Moodle.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
Conference call with the instructor – If students have any questions about the course material reviewed to date or the course workshop, they should submit them to the instructor via e-mail by 9:00 AM (ET) the day of the call. The instructor will answer them during the conference call and will also discuss Course Workshop # 2. Dial-in information will be posted in Moodle.

Course Workshops
Course Workshop #1
By 11:55 PM (ET) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, students will post their answer to this workshop in the “Forums” section. By 11:55 PM (ET) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, students will review other student submittals and comments on at least three of them. Answers to this workshop will be discussed during the conference call on October 17, 2018.
Course Workshop #2
By 11:55 PM (ET) on Saturday, October 27, 2018, students will post their answer to this workshop in the “Forums” section. By 11:55 PM (ET) on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, students will review other student submittals and comments on at least three of them. Answers to this workshop will be discussed during the conference call on October 31, 2018.

Final Exam
Wednesday, October 31 – Saturday, November 3, 2018
The final exam will be available in Moodle from 2:30 PM (ET) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 through 11:55 PM (ET) on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Students will complete the final exam online. In order to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), students must also complete the online course evaluation.

Course Grades
Grades for the course will be determined by student participation in the following items and will be weighted as shown below. Students need to receive a 70% or better to pass the course and receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

65% Final Exam
15% Course Workshop #1
15% Course Workshop #2
5% Completed Survey
100%