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TRAN5020M Principles of Transport Modelling

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: David Watling

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

None beyond the requirements for entry to the compulsory programmes.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module starts by introducing the general concept of transport modelling, including key objectives, terms and definitions in transport modelling, and briefly the basic four-stage models. It then introduces each of the four stages of transport modelling in turn: trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, and traffic assignment. The key mathematical modelling techniques are introduced for each stage, and examples are made to illustrate the workings of these models. The second part of the module introduces more advanced transport modelling techniques, which provide improvements on or alternatives to the traditional four-stage modelling approach.


To ensure that students understand the role and purpose of transport models, that they are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each of a range of modelling techniques available and are able to select an appropriate model for a given task. Also to ensure that they are able to use a modelling package to analyse real-world problems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. To understand the role and purpose of the main types of transport models;
2. Familiarity with the advantages and disadvantages of each of a range of modelling techniques available;
3. Select an appropriate model for a given task;
4. Apply a basic modelling package to analyse a realistic 'real life' problem.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Academic skills in terms of reflection, critical thinking, academic writing, referencing and academic integrity.
2. Sustainability skills in terms of systems thinking, critical thinking and effective communication.
3. Work-ready skills in terms of communication, time management, technical/IT skills, problem solving and analytical skills.
4. Technical skills in domain specific knowledge and expertise in transport modelling and its potential applications.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of progress is carried out through weekly feedback in lectures and small group tutorials, as well as detailed feedback on the coursework assignment due in at the end of term before the exam takes place.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentComputer-based case study50.00
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: 23/04/2024


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