Course Policies and Syllabus




Dr. C. Michael Walton, P.E., ECJ 6.3, 471-1414, cmwalton@mail.utexas.edu,

office hours:  by appointment



Monday/Wednesday, 11:00-12:30 PM, ECJ 7.202



1)   Introduce students to the concepts and techniques of intermodal freight transportation systems.

2)   Provide students with an understanding of intermodal freight transportation policy, planning and operational systems and programs.



The course will focus on the strategic planning of intermodal transportation systems, i.e., infrastructure and equipment as it pertains to freight transportation.  In addition, the course will focus on freight logistics, intermodal technology and intermodal terminal operations.


Topic Outline

1.0       Introduction to Intermodalism


2.0       Development of Intermodalism in the United States


3.0       Freight vs Passenger Intermodal Transportation Systems:  Components, Programs, Policies and Issues


4.0       Containerization


5.0       Public vs Private Sector Activities


6.0       Rail and Motor Carrier Operations


7.0       Air, Water and Bridging Operations


8.0       Intermodal Components and Factors


9.0       Terminals


10.0     Cargo Handling Equipment


11.0     Communication and Information Technologies


12.0     ITS


Grading Policy

Final Project (40%)      At mid-term, students will select a project.  Each member will analyze an intermodal problem and perform tasks associated with transportation planning:  problem definition, formulation of alternatives, assessment of the impacts of the different alternatives and selection of the preferred alternative.  The evaluation of the project will be done in several stages.

Written Assignments (40%)

Oral Presentations (10%)

Participation in Class Discussion (10%)


Drop Policy

Policies of the Department of Civil Engineering, of the College of Engineering, and of the Graduate School regarding dropping courses and the final date to drop courses will be followed.


Important Dates

Last Class Day—

Project Presentations and Submission of Final Report—


Course Evaluation

The approved course/instructor evaluation form will be used.



The University of Texas at Austin, General Information:  Grades – Letter grades are used to record the instructor’s evaluation of students’ performance in a course.  For graduate courses, the following grades are used:  A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F.  Plus/minus grades are recorded only for graduate courses taken by graduate students.  The letter grades that may be assigned to undergraduates enrolled in graduate courses and graduate students enrolled in undergraduate courses are A, B, C, D, and F.


The University of Texas at Austin, The Graduate Catalog:  Letter Grades – Courses in which the student earned a grade of at least a C while registered in the Graduate School may be included in the Program of Work.


The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities.  Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.  For more information, contact that Office, or TTY at 471-4641, or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.