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TRAN2020 Transport Land Use and Development

10 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Dave Milne

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on the relationship between land use and transport, drawing on case studies to illustrate and enliven the theories of economic geographers, spatial analysts and development economists. Having heard the underlying theory of how transport promotes development and how the resulting land use patterns determine the demand for travel and transport, you will see how this is played out, both locally in Leeds and on a global scale. Along the way you will learn about the role of railway companies in the development of cities and of entire continents, how transport influenced the growth of empires and how countries such as Canada owe their very existence to the promise of a railway. You will also find out why new roads can be a mixed blessing for isolated communities and how the work of a Swedish geographer is revolutionising the way we predict the effect of land use on travel. If you fancy making a fortune in property speculation you may be interested to learn how to predict the property hotspots of the future and how planners try to predict the growth of cities. The module has 15 hours of lectures, 4 hours of discussion classes and a revision class.33% of the module credits are based on a 1,200 word essay drawing on material covered in the first few lectures. The other 67% are based on a 90 minute exam.This module will appeal to people who enjoy dealing with geographic and economic concepts, even if they are not studying these as main subjects on their degree programme. It has some analytical content but mathematical ability is certainly not a pre-requisite. The material is presented so as to appeal to people who have a lively interest in the forces that shape our town and cities and is not suitable for people who have no interest in the world around them!Module Team: Dr Dave Milne and Frances Hodgson.


Students will understand the interaction between transport and land-use including the effect of land-use on travel patterns and the contribution of transport to development. They will be familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between transport and land-use, with models which seek to represent it and with evidence that illustrates the current state of knowledge.

Skills outcomes
- An ability to identify and describe the theoretical relationships between transport, land use and development at the urban, regional and international scale.

- To identify, from history and contemporary planning, examples of the manifestationis relationship

- To understand the main approaches that have been adopted by modellers seeking to represent the relationships and to indicate how government policy seeks to take account of the relationship.

- An ability to write short, highly focussed, essays on specific issues within the topic area.


The relationship between transport and land-use.
Modelling the interaction between transport and land-use.
Land-use planning in practice.
PPG13 and the potential impact of road pricing on land-use.
Case studies growth of Leeds, industrial location, Tyne and Wear Metro, integrated planning. Transport investment in developing countries.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Revision Class12.002.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

30 hours - Coursework preparation
20 hours - Background reading
28 hours - Revision & examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to discussion, coursework

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)67.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/06/2016


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