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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5115M Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Malcolm Morgan

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have completed the computer skills sessions in semester 1.

Module replaces

TRAN5112M Sustainable Land-Use and Transport Planning

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will make students aware of the key aspects of integrated transport and land-use planning which contribute to more sustainable outcomes. Transport is an inherently spatial phenomenon, which cannot be divorced from considerations of urban form, spatial planning, social processes and people. The module delivers this understanding by developing beyond basic generic GIS skills and applies leading edge techniques in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and spatial analysis which can be deployed to explore contemporary planning problems, alongside theoretical considerations. Students will develop their skills to access, analyse and display spatial data to facilitate advanced policy analysis informed by the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable land use and transport planning taught in the module.


The objectives of the module are to explore, through research-led teaching, the key relationships between land-use and transport planning which can lead to more sustainable planning outcomes. In taking the module, students will apply this knowledge to a range of real-world contexts in the developed and developing world through the development and application of skills in GIS and spatial analysis so that they can independently approach spatial planning problems and understand how best to inform the advancement of sustainability goals.

Learning outcomes
1. To understand and analyse the relationship between urban form, social structures and travel patterns in the context of sustainability
2. Demonstrate and apply spatial analysis concepts and techniques to real-world transport problems
3. Implement spatial analysis techniques to evaluate real-world policy relevant questions in the field of sustainable planning

Skills Learning Outcomes

4. Students will develop their GIS skills to apply spatial analytical concepts to real world problems and contexts using an appropriate GIS package.
5. Appropriate visualization of analyses in maps and graphics.

Skills outcomes



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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours127.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback given during coursework focused workshop.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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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