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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN1021 Transport Policy in Action

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Bryan Matthews

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

You will explore the power and the limitations of transport policy and planning as it is enacted in the real world. The module provides a framework for exploring the evidence about different transport policies, drawing on cases from the UK and throughout the world, highlighting instances of good practice and areas of difficulty. In doing so, we seek to facilitate students’ active engagement with live transport policy developments.


- To understand the role of transport and mobility in a modern society, travel trends and key issues for transport in different local, national and global contexts and how these issues relate to key policy and planning debates in transport.
- To identify the various options being promoted for sustainable transport.
- To learn about various decision-making frameworks and methods for analysis.

Learning outcomes
1. An appreciation of the full range of dilemmas facing the transport sector, and how policy is developed to respond to these policy and planning challenges through the use of suitable frameworks and methods of analysis.

2. A familiarity with the role of different organisations, key stakeholders and lobby groups in the decision-making process for transport policy delivery.

3. An ability to apply your own ideas and experiences to generate potential solutions.

4. an awareness of key sources of evidence on the effectiveness of transport policy interventions and of how to evaluate these sources;

5. An appreciation of the importance of strategic thinking in relation to implementing transport policy interventions.

Skills outcomes
- Written comprehension skills, critical thinking skills and oral communication skills are practiced via the preparatory work for and participation in the tutorial sessions.

- Written communication skills are practiced via the reflective log and other contributions to discussion boards and assessed via the 1500 word assessed report.

- Research skills are practiced as part of the tutorial sessions and assessed as part of the assessed report.


1. Promoting behaviour change and innovative solutions
2. New transport networks: and smart technologies
3. Healthy cities/healthy lifestyles
4. Pricing travel and innovative finance
5. Global supply chains and green logistics
6. Transport governance and policy-making (practical case studies)
7. Transport in the media (class debate)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading
Preparation for tutorials and lectures
Preparing for participation in class debate
Preparation of coursework

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through weekly tutorial sessions including student discussion groups plus reflective logs and mandatory assessment through a 1500 word project report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,500 words100.00
Reflective log250 words Initial student statement - pass to progress0.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:56:45


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