Fall 2021 Graduate Courses in Transportation at Portland State

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Returning to primarily on-campus learning, the fall term at Portland State University starts September 27, 2021. See PSU’s COVID-19 Student Resources for the latest info on our campus vaccination requirement for students and staff. Some in-person courses may shift to offer an online or hybrid attendance option as the situation evolves; stay tuned for any updates. 

Students enrolled in a PSU degree program can register online. Not a current PSU graduate student? Lifelong adult learning is a guiding principle of PSU, and you can still take these courses through the non-degree application process or as a post-baccalaureate student (opens Sept. 7th). Taking a course is one way to see if one of our PSU graduate degree programs is right for you!

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Non-degree or non-PSU students should contact the Civil Engineering Academic Program Manager at ceedept@pdx.edu in order to register for a CEE course, as the system requires an approval to process the registration.

459 Transportation Operations

Instructor: Jason Anderson
Prerequisites: CE 351. CE 454 recommended.
Delivery: In-Person

Operation, modeling, and control of unscheduled and scheduled transportation modes; elementary traffic flow concepts; flow, density and speed; scheduling; route and bottleneck capacities; networks; data interpretation; analysis techniques; diagrams; simulation queuing; optimization. 

610 Computer Methods in Civil Engineering

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required to enroll
Delivery: In-Person

This course will introduce students to basic programming techniques, algorithm development, writing pseudocodes, debugging, and numerical techniques with an emphasis on formulating and solving real - world civil engineering applications and problems. 

Urban Studies and Planning

350U Inclusive Engagement 

Instructor: Marisa Zapata 
Delivery: Remote - Scheduled Meetings

Examination of principles, methods, and programs for giving explicit attention to the perspectives of the public in the development and implementation of public policies and programs. Sets public participation in its historical context with an assessment of its impact to date. Participation from the perspective of both the public and the government will be covered as will the variety of approaches for achieving participation goals and objectives.

407 Portland Traffic and Transportation Class: The New Evolution

Instructor: Aaron Golub
Delivery: Remote  - Scheduled Meetings

A transportation-themed online class with an emphasis on land use, mobility, social justice and racial equity. The fall 2021 class will be conducted online with one optional in-person field trip. Class time will be used for presentations from guest speakers, activities and class discussion. This class will focus on equitable traffic and transportation design and planning for our communities and infrastructures in the City of Portland. Students will prepare a vision plan or class project-addressing community planning for the transportation systems (e.g., roads, bridges, transit, parks, urban centers, etc.). The course is open to enrollment by PSU students. Non-PSU students can apply online through the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) - Applications are due August 29th, 2021. 

411 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Lab

Instructor: Derek Abe and Kirk Paulsen
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Delivery: In-Person 

Co-registered with USP 465 or USP 565 or have taken USP 465 or 565 within the past two years. Also offered for graduate-level credit as USP 511 and may be taken only once for credit.

A practical approach to bicycle and pedestrian planning and design through a project-based course that focuses on all aspects of the planning process. Students research and develop solutions to a practical challenge in the Portland region and present recommendations in report and presentation form. This course is connected with the Better Block PSU partnership, a program in which PSU students support community members with the technical aspects of infrastructure improvements.

414 Friday Transportation Seminar

Instructor: Jenny Liu and Christopher Monsere 
Delivery: To be announced

This weekly seminar features a different speaker each week covering various topics in transportation research and practice. The topics cover all modes of transportation, with a focus on current practice. This is the same course as CE 414. This course may be taken for credit up to three times. This weekly seminar features a different speaker each week covering various topics in transportation research and practice. The topics cover all modes of transportation, with a focus on current practice. This course may be taken for credit up to three times. Can't enroll in the full course as a student but would like to attend? We offer all of the Friday Transportation Seminars online.

456/556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies

Instructor: Joe Broach
Delivery: In-Person

An introduction to urban transportation policy from a historical and political perspective. Historical developments in transportation policy are traced from the early streetcar days up through the present. Federal, state, and local transportation policies are examined for their impact on urban spatial and economic development. An overview of current issues in transportation policy and planning includes transportation demand management strategies, transit- oriented design, road pricing, and alternative transportation modes. The intersection of environmental and transportation policy is also examined, as is the decision-making structure at the local, regional, and state level.

587 Travel Demand Modeling

Instructor: Liming Wang
Prerequisites: an introductory course or professional experience in urban transportation planning
Delivery: In-Person

Understand, analyze, and apply travel demand forecasting models from an applied and practical perspective. The underlying theoretical basis of model components will also be covered. Students will become familiar with the traditional four-step travel forecasting process, including model application software package, and interpretation of model output. Involves hands-on use of transportation modeling software. Students should have familiarity with spreadsheet software; college-level algebra; and introductory statistics (i.e., regression analysis). Prior experience with DOS is helpful but not mandatory.

654 Data Analysis II

Instructor: Liming Wang
Delivery: In-Person

Takes an applied approach to statistical analysis and research methodology and is the second in a two-course sequence. Provides students with statistical background, conceptual understanding, technical writing skills, computer application, and the ability to apply these skills to realistic data analysis problems and research designs. Topics include simple regression and correlation, multiple regression, and logistic regression. This course has a lecture and lab component which must be taken concurrently. Recommended prerequisites: USP 634 or an equivalent course approved the instructor and prior experience with statistical software.

Graduate Certificate in Transportation

The two disciplines, planning and engineering, also collaborate to offer a Graduate Certificate in Transportation for established professionals looking for a deeper understanding of transportation disciplines. Increasingly, transportation professionals need multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to anticipate social, environmental, and technological trends and incorporate them into intelligently-integrated transportation systems. The Graduate Certificate in Transportation will offer you advanced education at the intersection of urban planning and civil engineering for those seeking to build upon their knowledge and credentials to move people and goods safely.

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.

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