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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5691M Transport and Urban Pollution

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: James Tate
Email: J.E.Tate@its.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Any student at this University on a programme with analytical contact will benefit from this module. Please contact the module team to discuss.

Module replaces

TRAN5690M

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will develop students understanding of noise and air pollution in urban areas. The module covers urban pollution sources, processes and trends. The module also aims to equip Masters degree students with the skills necessary to analyse data. Practical experience of open-source innovative data analysis tools will be provided. Through analysis of complementary traffic flow, dispersing air-flows, noise and air pollution information, students' will learn through practical experience about the important interactions and processes that govern urban pollution.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should have developed a clear understanding of noise and air pollution in urban areas. They will become familiar with the sources, processes and trends of urban pollution. The module will review Government directives and Management strategies.
The course will enhance the students technical knowledge of traffic, vehicle emissions, meteorology, noise air pollution monitoring tools and modelling approaches. Practical experience of open-source innovative data analysis tools will also be provided. Through analysis of complementary traffic flow, dispersing air-flows, noise and air pollution information students should learn through practical experience about the important interactions and processes that govern urban pollution.

Learning outcomes
- Understanding the interactions and key issues related to urban transport-related pollution.
- Ability to organise and analyse traffic and environmental information.

Skills outcomes
- Data analysis software experience/ skills.
- Develop and apply research/ investigative skills.
- Develop and apply scientific reporting skills.
- Essay writing.


Syllabus

- Introduction to urban pollution issues and policy;
- Transport noise;
- Transport noise screening tools;
- Vehicle emissions and trends;
- Atmospheric dispersion processes and chemistry;
- Air Quality Management including an external speaker from the City of York;
- Introduction to 'R' for the effective manipulation and analysis of environmental data;
- Exploratory analysis of urban air quality data;
- Traffic - Vehicle Emission - Dispersion modelling approaches;
- Visual intrusion and aesthetics;
- Severance, including walking and cycling modes for short trips.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Simulated Practical Techniques62.0012.00
Lecture22.004.00
Seminar22.004.00
Tutorial12.002.00
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students will be expected to read a number of key texts and papers to under-pin their knowledge of urban pollution.
The course assessment will involve submission of one scientific report and a 2,000 word essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback on class contributions and understanding of the issues will be provided in the tutorials/practicals. Summative feedback will be provided in the form of one scientific report and a 2,000 word assessed essay. These will be set in weeks 4 and 8 of the module respectively and submitted in weeks 7 and 10.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
PracticalAnalysing air pollution (2,000 word scientific report plus figures)50.00
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: 12/12/2018 16:33:10

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