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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN2041 Transport, Energy and Environment

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Gillian Harrison

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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, in the context of liveability and sustainability. They will have the chance to consider policies and mitigation methods to reduce or eliminate the effects of transport as well as formal modelling and 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 liveability 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 assessed 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, critically assess the relative importance of these impacts and suggest appropriate mitigation measures.

Skills Outcomes:
Students will gain skills for managing sustainable futures, for example, system thinking tools, modelling & assessment, making sense of data, critical & analytical thinking.


- Global and regional energy consumption in transport
- Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
- Local air pollution
- Equity and environmental justice
- Liveability and transport
- Mitigation Measures
- Future Transport and systems thinking
- Modelling environmental impacts
- Environmental Impact Assessment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours65.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

20 hours preparation of exercises
20 hours background reading
25 hours revision and coursework preparation

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.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with feedback during seminars as well as formal marked coursework feedback. There are opportunities to monitor student progress and engagement informally through the seminars and a coursework drop-in session, as well as formally through the reflective learning logs as the tutorial exercises are designed to support the students in developing the knowledge they require to complete their individual essays. Students are encouraged to send coursework queries by email and short online 1-2-1 session maybe offered. 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Tutorial PerformanceGroup exercises, presentations and discussions0.00
EssayIndividual essay 1,500 words & Reflective learning log. Weekly online form to reflect on how learning from lecture and tutorial will contribute to essay. Summary of reflective log content - included as appendix in Essay - 100 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The essay will consist of two parts, the first part can be written halfway through the semester, and informal feedback will be given to questions regarding this. Students can choose their own focus on their coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:45


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