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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOEV5005M City Systems: Mobility

15 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Caroline Mullen

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Mobility systems are vital for economic, social and civic life, and strongly influence the quality and safety of the natural and built environment. The impacts and distribution of benefits of mobility can be unevenly distributed contributing to inequalities in health, opportunity and welfare. Influences on the mobility system are complex, spanning planning and land use, energy systems, public policy and economic activity, technological change, along with social norms and behaviours, and politics. Anyone concerned with moving towards sustainable cities needs to have understanding of how the mobility system can be changed, the potential for residents and stakeholders to participate in change, and the implications of change for social, economic and environmental sustainability. This module provides grounding for that understanding. It gives an ability to analyse mobility systems, through lectures and workshops on implications of mobility for sustainability; tools for assessing mobility systems and transport measures and critical reflection of assumptions underpinning different tools; technical and participatory processes involved in planning pathways to sustainable mobility systems.


This module equips students with knowledge and analytical skills needed to critically engage with debates and practice on assessing and planning urban mobility systems.
The module will provide students with:
Understanding of the social, economic and environmental functions and impacts of mobility, and their distribution across the populations.
Ability to critically assess mobility systems and their relationships with other city systems.
Understanding of how to develop pathways to a mobility system which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Learning outcomes
The programme level outcomes this module fulfills are:
• Diagnose and solve real world urban problems using new data analysis and action research techniques.
• Critically analyse the social, environmental and economic impacts of key urban systems and how they are evaluated.
• Understand multilevel decision-making across critical systems and how suitable metrics are mobilised to affect decision-making.
• Evaluate opportunities to embed sustainability in system design, governance and re-production.

On completion of this module, students will:
• Understand the current mobility system and how it is created through policy, politics, behaviour, infrastructure and technology;
• Understand key influences on travel behaviour and demand;
• Identify relations between the mobility system and social, economic and environmental sustainability
• Understand and critically assess public and stakeholder participation in mobility planning;
• Recognise uncertainties involved in transport planning and intervention;
• Critically review findings of appraisal and evaluation of transport interventions done elsewhere and assess the relevance of those findings for their city;
• Critically evaluate processes of selecting transport measures;
• To steer development of visions and pathways to future mobility within sustainable cities and across the world.

Skills outcomes
Identifying impacts of mobility systems, and distribution of impacts

Practical understanding of transport related pollution and its impacts on public health, climate and other aspects of environment

Practical understanding of assessment tools and the types of knowledge different tools can provide

Understanding stakeholder and public participation in planning

Practical understanding of forecasting, visioning and objective led planning.


• Influence and impacts of mobility systems for people and place;
• Technologies and infrastructure;
• Politics, policy and actors influencing mobility systems (transport policies; political contexts and contestation; governmental, public, private, community actors).
• Regulations and cultures of mobility;
• Links between mobility and other city systems;
• Epistemology of assessment methods
• Forecasting and visioning in mobility planning
• Transferability of mobility measures

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Group learning22.004.00
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will be undertaken as part of the student’s problem based learning. It will be guided around a specific problem, set by the module leader and contribute to the overall learning outcomes of the module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be opportunities for formative feedback following the 6 hour practical at the beginning of the second week, and further opportunities following the group presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Project1 x 3500 [equivalent*] word equivalent case report100.00
Group ProjectFormative Group Presentation0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be an individual essay.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/08/2023 15:41:24


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