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2018/19 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 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

TRAN3061Travel Activity Analysis
TRAN3062Social Analysis and Social Psychology for Transport

This module is not 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 number of traditional lectures on specialist topics, but much 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 traffic management modelling software (for example, SATURN) 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). 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.

Learning outcomes
- Ability to understand and apply transport network modelling techniques (for example, SATURN)
- Understanding of the Transport Economics theory underpinning transport network modelling
- Understanding of contrasting theoretical perspectives, including a focus on Social Psychology explanations of travel behaviour.

Skills outcomes
Transport Network Modelling (e.g., SATURN)


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 hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

52 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
PresentationGroup 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: 30/04/2018


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