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TRAN2041 Transport, Energy and Environment

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Yvonne Barnard

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module gives students the opportunity to study the major impacts of transport on, and interactions with energy, climate change and the environment at a local and global level. Students will learn about monitoring and modelling as well as other methods to assess transport impacts. They will have the chance to consider methods to reduce or eliminate the effects of transport as well as formal environmental impact assessment techniques and how these have been applied in practice to help make decisions about transport.


To provide students with an understanding of the interactions between transport, energy, climate change and environmental issues, and ways in which negative effects may be mitigated or reduced. The module will consider transport, energy and environmental issues in the context of society and sustainability, including for example, an overview of health impacts of transport activities. Further, students will gain skills for managing sustainable futures, for example, modelling, making sense of data and analytical thinking.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students should be able to assess:

- The main impacts of transport on energy, climate change and the environment
- How these impacts can be monitored and modelled
- How these impacts can be mitigated

They should also be able to perform a basic analysis of the environmental impacts of a transport scheme, assess the relative importance of these impacts and suggest mitigation measures.


- Global and regional energy consumption in transport
- Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
- Local air pollution
- Noise and vibration
- Landscape, townscape, ecology and blight
- Safety
- Severance and problems for pedestrians
- Equity and environmental justice
- Modelling impacts
- Monitoring impacts
- Assessing and evaluating impacts
- Mitigating impacts
- Sustainable transport

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

20 hours preparation of exercises
30 hours background reading
30 hours revision

Private study gives students the opportunity to read around the content of taught material, which is essential for developing a deeper understanding of specific issues, as well as broader contextual understandings. Private study also gives students the opportunity to practice specific skills, for example relevant modelling and data analysis. Developing their own more sophisticated understandings of the taught content, as well as practicing specific skills are essential for both module assessment and completing the module with the expected subject and Leeds for Life skills. The private study time also allows students to prepare for class exercises and coursework, as well as revise for exams.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with feedback during seminars (which include the assessed presentations) as well as formal coursework feedback. Seminars also include opportunities to discuss coursework and exam requirements. Thus there are opportunities to monitor student progress and engagement informally through the seminars, as well as formally through the linked courseworks as the group presentations are designed to support the students in developing the knowledge they require to complete their individual essays. Students who have taken this module previously have demonstrably developed their learning through this process, and have appreciated the opportunity for support and feedback (both formal and informal) before submitting their essays.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup poster presentation on essay topic. Presentations are completed before essay submission.20.00
EssayIndividual essay 1,000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Students are asked to choose one topic for their coursework, and will be divided into several groups (depending on the total number of students and their topics). The students in the same group will deliver a verbal presentation as group work, and write up an essay individually.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The exam has two parts – part A has two questions from which a student chooses one, and part B has four smaller questions from which the student chooses two. The question in A gives 50% of the exam marks, and each of the two Qs in B accounts for 25%. The part B questions are based on the coursework topics, but DO NOT duplicate the coursework task.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:10


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