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CEG8425 : Public Inquiry into a Transport Scheme (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Thorpe
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To instruct students in the various procedures that transport projects must undergo before implementation can commence.
To develop the skills of students in presenting technical information in appropriate ways to varied audiences.
To give students experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment, where specialists must communicate and work together effectively.
To give students a sense of enthusiasm for the study of Transport through conveying its importance to society, and relevance in the modern world.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is a Public Inquiry?
Introduction to Appraisal in Transport
Environmental Impact Assessment
Case Study 1 - Guide to the Evidence
Site Visit
Practical Exercises
Mock Public Inquiry 1
Case Study 2 - Guide to the Evidence
Practical Exercises
Mock Public Inquiry 2
Preparation of Planning Inspectors Report
(n.b. number of case studies is dependent on student numbers)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Reading Public Inquiry evidence and preparing for mock inquiry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture14:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Mock Public Inquiry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00site visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00For discussion of progress on assimilating public inquiry evidence
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00Includes background reading and reading of course materials for full understanding.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge, understanding and skills are primarily imparted via lectures, supported by practical group work, two local public inquiry case-studies and a site visit. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent reading and reflection which is supported by an extensive list of relevant literature. Observations and discussions during the site visit and a mock public inquiry helps reinforce the lecture and reading material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation602M40Public Inquiry Group Presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M60Preparation of an individual 1500 word "Public Inquiry Inspector's" report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist skills, knowledge and understanding imparted during the module are assessed by means of two items of coursework. The first exercise is an individual assignment involving the preparation of a Planning Inspector's report based on the mock public inquiry held earlier in the module. The second item is an assessment of the group's performance (e.g. preparation, cohesion, team-working, quality of oral and visual presentation) for the mock public inquiry.

Reading Lists