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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5015M Shaping Future Transport Systems

15 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Frances Hodgson
Email: f.c.hodgson@its.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Shaping Transport Futures module will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental relationships involved in transport systems, their interactions with other sectors, and future opportunities and challenges. It will provide understanding of the case for interventions in managing transport systems. Students will be able to understand and contrast international approaches to transport planning and management and develop appreciation of the contribution of different roles in the delivery of transport sector implementations. Finally, students will be equipped with the fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams, which will prepare them for the Transport Integrated Project module delivered in the following semester

Objectives

The Shaping Transport Futures module will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental relationships involved in transport systems, their interactions with other sectors, and future opportunities and challenges. It will provide understanding of the case for interventions in managing transport systems. Students will be able to understand and contrast international approaches to transport planning and management and develop appreciation of the contribution of different roles in the delivery of transport sector implementations. Finally, students will be equipped with the fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams, which will prepare them for the Transport Integrated Project module delivered in the following semester

Learning outcomes
1. Gain understanding of the fundamental relationships involved in transport systems, their interactions with other sectors, and future opportunities and challenges
2. Gain understanding of the case for interventions in managing transport systems.
3. Gain understanding and contrast international approaches to transport planning and management.
4. Develop appreciation of the contribution of different roles in the delivery of transport sector (implementations).
5. Gain fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams, e.g in module TRAN5912M Transport Integrated Project in semester 2.


Syllabus

Delivery will consist of a Common Element plus streamed material appropriate to the needs of each programme cohort.

Common Element (each numbered point assumed to involve 1 hour of lectures)
1. Module introduction
2. Introduction to Transport Systems (Disciplinary perspective)
Aim: provide an understanding of the principle aspects of transport systems
3. Drivers of transport demand
Aim: provide an understanding of how people are significant in transport
4. Opportunities and Challenges - the future
Aim: provide a context for planning transport provision
5. Space, land and planning for sustainable development
Aim: provide understanding of significance of spatial analysis in transport
6. Time
Aim: to provide understanding of the ways time is used and the significance of time in understanding transport provision and travel
7. Transport policy context (generic and international)
8. Transport Policy Measures and Measure selection
9. Governance : (Where do different disciplines fit into open-governance and multiple stakeholder planning)
Aim: understand transport as an industry with multiple stakeholders
10. Freight transport
11. Objective-led transport planning
Aim: Understand team working for intervention planning

Streamed Elements.

The streamed elements provide students in each programme cohort with essential knowledge of transport which is not fundamental to their own programme discipline, but is required in order to develop a wider multi-disciplinary understanding of the world of transport and in order to work alongside those from other disciplines.

The Modelling elements are delivered in two parts due to addressing different streams. Modelling Part 1 is directed to Sustainability in Transport and Economics programme streams. Modelling Part 2 is directed only to the Economics stream.

A. Economic perspective (individual key concepts/areas/approaches) (3 hours)
- Introduction to transport economics
- Pricing
- Elasticities
- Markets and planning

B. Modelling perspective Part 1 [4 hours]:
- Purpose of modelling, different types of models - qualitative, quantitative; freight, system, passenger;
- relationship between speed, flow and density;
- critique of models in planning process;
- the four stages of transport modelling (overview of math);
- using model outputs real-world case studies eg passenger demand for Sheffield tram (build on visit); transferring to DC contexts,
- potential limitations of the models

C. Engineering perspective [2 hours]
- Introduction to principles of design e.g. safety,
- introduction to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

D. Environmental perspective [2 hours]
- Air quality trends and policy
- Road transport powertrain technologies and fuel/ energy efficiency
- Real Driving Emissions of climate change and air quality pollutants
- Case study reviewing Emissions and Energy consumption by mode (road, rail, aviation)
- Low Emission Strategies
- Noise is an optional additional area depending on the amount of time wanted in this area.

E. Evaluation and appraisal methods [3 hours]
- Introduction to assessment methods
- Economic appraisal
- Sustainability evaluation
- Environmental assessment
- Distributional impacts
- Social impact assessment
- Health impact assessment
- Equity impact assessment
- Critique and development in assessment methodology

F. Modelling Part 2 [3 hours]
- Numerical approaches to transport Modelling

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning32.006.00
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar81.008.00
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Background reading
Investigating transport policy interventions and interaction with VLE to produce a database of transport planning interventions.
Preparation of coursework

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The practice exercise introduced in 2014-2015 to provide an opportunity to learn good scholarship will be included within this module.
Specific exercises will be given in the group and seminar activities for the students to complete. These will be assessed within the class to monitor student understanding and appreciation of the different issues and the grasp of foundation concepts.
It is particularly important to monitor understanding and progress within the streamed elements as these are deliberately multi-disciplinary. In the streamed elements teaching and learning exercises for individuals and groups will be designed and delivered to be able to monitor the extent to which students have appreciation and deeper understanding of the discipline and programme specific concepts.
These exercises will usually follow the form of problem-solving based exercises resulting in (i) group discussions and/or presentations and (ii) a non-assessed essay.
Generic formative feedback will be given for both the common and the streamed elements of the module to provide signposts and guidelines for the students in terms of how to handle the assessment. In addition formative feedback will be given on the non-assessed essay. This formative essay will follow the format of around 2 pages (750 words) and will ask students to provide definitions of, and examples to illustrate specific foundation concepts.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1000 words25.00
Essay3000 words75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The coursework task will be tailored towards the needs of students on particular programmes. Elements of both quantitative and qualitative work will be included, with the mix between these varying between programmes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/08/2019

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