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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN3060 Travel Activity and Social Analysis

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Dave Milne

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Demonstrated statistical skills and numerical competence

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is aimed at students who are interested in urban planning and who may be considering a planning related career when they graduate. It brings together both qualitative and quantitative approaches to transport planning and asks students to explore the competing and complementary roles that these play in decision-making.There are a limited number of traditional lectures on specialist topics, but the majority of the work is carried out through interactive workshops and PC sessions. Students form groups and pool their skills to address a transport planning case study of north Leeds. Activities include providing experience of using the SATURN traffic management model and undertaking focus groups of public attitudes in a role play scenario.By the end of the module, all students should have gained an improved understanding of transport planning processes in practice and should hopefully feel better equipped for the transport planning job market!Teaching takes place over both semesters and the module is assessed purely through coursework and an end-of-year presentation (ie there is no exam). Although it is not necessary to have taken previous transport-related modules to enrol, it would be useful to have a sound understanding of general transport issues (such as provided by the TRAN1010 'Introduction to Transport Policy' module at level 1) and it is normally expected that all participants will be studying for social science or business related degrees. This module also provides natural development of material covered by the TRAN2020 'Transport Land Use and Development' and TRAN2060 'Transport and Society' modules at level 2, so may be of particular interest to students who have enjoyed them.Statistical skills and numerical competence are also useful pre-requisites for the module. Due to the nature of the work undertaken, places on this module are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For further information please contact Dave Milne (


On completion of this module, students should have acquired:
- Understanding of the motivations for and constraints on travelling
- Knowledge of the relevant theories related to transport activity
- Experience of using a selection of analytical techniques for representing the demand for and impacts of travel in modern society
- An opportunity to apply the theories and analytical techniques covered in the context of a realistic study of travel activity; and
- Skills in group work, personal development, presentation and reporting consistent with the requirements of a professional environment.


This module combines traditional lectures with a project-based approach, to provide a balanced learning environment for investigating techniques to analyse and understand transport activity.

Material covered will include:
- Origins of transport activity
- Theories of travelling behaviour in time and space
- The relationship between travel and human activities
- Quantitative approaches for representing travel patterns
- Qualitative approaches for exploring the impacts of travel in society
- The role of quantitative and qualitative approaches in identifying transport futures.

Lectures will be complemented by a series of seminars and practical classes, during which students will work in groups towards a focused project. Assessment will involve three pieces of work, including one major project report and a final project presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours164.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

56 hours - Background reading 4 hours per lecture/workshop;
44 hours - Preparation for seminars & practical classes;
42 hours - Report writing;
22 hours - Presentation preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed work carried out across the module. All students will be expected to contribute actively to seminars and practical classes held throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report4,000 words50.00
PresentationProject presentation20.00
Assignment2,000 words30.00
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: 06/06/2016


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