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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5763M Road Safety

15 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Samantha Jamson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Road collisions that result in injury and death are detrimental to both individuals and society. There is established evidence that links a range of factors to crash occurrence, including behaviour, the road environment and vehicle type. This module covers problem identification and solution development, in terms of policy, engineering and evaluation, as well as covering more broad topics of human capacity and limitations.


This module aims to
- Establish a sound understanding of road safety issues associated with different road environments and road user groups
- Deliver an understanding of how road safety management together with traffic management can meet community and organisational objectives
- Develop students ability to identify road accident patterns and apply appropriate solutions to tackling road safety issues.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the students will be able to:
- establish the contribution of different factors to accident causation;
- identify road safety issues in terms of road environments and user type;
- demonstrate data analytic skills;
- develop solutions for road safety issues;
- understand how effective management is a tool for identifying road safety objectives and delivering solutions;
- evaluate priorities of countermeasures;
- communicate issues and solutions to the audience.

Skills outcomes
Critical thinking, analysis, appraisal, teamworking, communication and dissemination.


- Mobility and road safety issues
- Road accident data collection and analysis
- Role of human, vehicle and environment factors in road accidents
- Road safety and traffic management for urban, rural and motorway environments
- Facilities for Vulnerable Road Users
- Road safety engineering
- Road safety audit
- Education, Training and Publicity
- Enforcement
- Evaluation of road safety
- Road safety policies
- Technology and road safety

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Sufficient effort is expected for further reading after each lecture, as well as for seeking relevant literature and collating evidence across a range of sources for completing the coursework. Support to private study will be offered by face-to-face discussions, as well as by VLE forums.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students learning progress will be monitored by in-class responses and the process during the workshops as well as the group work associated with the field work. Students will be fully supported during the process of completing their coursework via a variety of channels including physical discussions as well as virtual environment (e.g. VLE forums, emails etc). Feedback on coursework performance will be provided assisting the students to understand weakness in the submitted work and suggesting ways that work can be improved.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 Words50.00
Essay2000 Words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

There are two pieces of coursework: Coursework 1: an essay completed by each individual student related to vehicle technologies Coursework 2: an essay completed by each individual student involving the identification of problems and solutions at a given safety blackspot, as well as a short reflective component. Re-sit of coursework 2 will be on an individual basis and capped at 50.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/11/2023 11:05:47


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