PGDip Transport Economics(Part-time)
(Award available for year: Postgraduate Diploma)
On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:- demonstrate an understanding of the different approaches to pricing, cost measurement and allocation of resources in the transport sector; recognising its special problems as compared to other sectors;- understand the principles of welfare economics and be able to critically appraise their practical value in conducting cost benefit analysis;- understand the complex trade-offs involved in determining the appropriate balance of regulation, competition and government involvement / ownership in transport and public utilities more generally;- understand and be able to use appropriate econometric techniques for answering questions relevant to transport; - to understand the purpose and relative merits of the main transport models and to use a modelling package to analyse realistic, 'real life' problems in transport;- demonstrate competence in the identification, collection, management and analysis of a range of data related to transport.
Transferable (key) skills
The key skills that students will develop through the programme are highly relevant to a range of employment opportunities:- being able to formulate and critically analyse key policy questions;- being able to translate policy principles into practice;- being able to understand the limitations and constraints of policies;- being able to access up to date resources in an area and process them;- to understand key data requirements and collection processes;- to be able to communicate confidently through written work and in oral presentations;- to be able to apply analytical skills to solve a wide range of economic, business and policy problems; - to be able to apply statistical techniques in a range of contexts.
The learning outcomes for the programme have been designed in conjunction with the learning outcomes of the modules. Each module comprises a balance of assessment of understanding of core principles, critique of practice and demonstration of the ability to conduct key tasks. Importantly, the process of assessment takes a balanced approach to assessing both the learning outcomes and the achievement of the key skills portfolio outlined.