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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN3052 Case Studies in Sustainable Transport

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Ann Jopson

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

Any programme with analytical content; prior participation in transport modules is helpful but not necessary.

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on key current challenges in sustainable transport planning and policy, approached through case studies. Students will acquire hands-on knowledge and understanding of these issues through independent research and the development of an applied case study project, as well as lectures. Through this project they will gain practical appreciation of the mix of technical and policy analysis required to reach informed decisions. Lectures cover current challenges, for example resillience and governance, as well as sustainability theory and comparisons of different practice internationally. Students will also gain experience (through the assessment) of engaging in Pecha kuccha style presentations and debate on a current topic of transport planning or policy, producing a briefing note and reflecting on their learning. The assessment is supported through tutorials and helps students develop employability skills through experience of different styles of writing and giving presentations. The students will also use participatory Blended Learning through use of MyMediasite and the VLE during workshops and presentations, thus equipping the students with digital media skills. Past students have found the current topics and skills developed valuable for their cv's and in job interviews.


- Acquire in-depth understanding of key current challenges in sustainable transport through case studies.
- Develop independent research skills.
- Develop ability to think analytically about (transport) policy.
- Development of employability skills (including digital media skills) through engagement with means of writing and
presenting appropriate for employment contexts.

Learning outcomes
- In-depth understanding of key current challenges in sustainable transport.
- Independent research skills.
- Analytical skills relevant for policy analysis.
- Ability to writing a briefing note.
- Ability to give a short Pecha Kucha style presentation.
- Ability to reflect on skills learnt transferability of those skills and areas of improvement for the future.
- Acquisition of digital media skills.

Skills outcomes
Students will complete the module with up-to-date understanding of current issues that are relevant to transport planners and decision makers in the transport and related sectors. For example, understanding of freight issues can be highly relevant in the retail sector.


- Overview and update on challenges in sustainable transport.
- Sustainability and Transport Sustainability theory and practice.
- Case study lectures and workshops, for example Freight Resilience, Airport Capacity and Location (Heathrow), Highspeed
Rail/Infrastructure as Economic Stimulus, Peak Car, Accessibility, Energy and Carbon Policy, Cycling (topics may vary).
-Skills: writing briefing notes, Pecha Kucha presentations, reflective writing, digital skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to produce individual briefing notes on a chosen current issue, and produce a Pecha Kucha style presentation on their case study project topic. Research will include reading around the case study and critical analysis as appropriate. For example, a SWOT analysis may be appropriate for topics such as green logistics resilience, whereas data analysis could be appropriate for an accessibility topic. Students will be given guidance on appropriate analysis during lectures and tutorials. As with any module, students will also be expected to read around the topics covered in the module, and there will be opportunities to use digital media to support and enhance the independent learning crucial to this module and share that learning with other students.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In addition to coursework and lecture attendance, student progress will be monitored through participation in workshops, as well as engagement with and participation in Blended Learning activities, for example, sharing and/or creation of resources online.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work1,000 words (Briefing note)37.50
Reflective logReflects on module as a whole25.00
Oral PresentationPecha Kucha style presentation followed by class debate37.50
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 24/05/2016


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