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CEG8436 : Transport Policy and Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1.       To introduce students to the grand challenges, the process of policy formulation, stakeholder engagement and policy evaluation, using appropriate and relevant case studies from the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
2.       To introduce students to key policy documents and legislation relevant to transport at the local, national and international level in areas such as planning, policy and finance; alternative transport modes; environmental issues; health and safety; and energy and fuels.
3.       To introduce transport planning in National, Regional and Local contexts
4.       To introduce how to implement Smarter Choices and sustainable transport concepts with some real world examples with attention to developed and developing countries,
5.       To generate discussion about Travel Plan Process and how these plans can be implemented in reality - taking into account behaviour and organisational considerations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Grand challenges, the historical context and the need for transport policy; future targets for climate change; how to formulate policy and the key processes involved; gathering information for evidence-based policy making; stakeholder engagement; understanding public attitudes and policy acceptance; case studies of policy formulation from the UK, Europe and Worldwide; Sustainable development commercial/residential (Home Zone site visit); Elements of Travel planning; Transport Assessment, Sustainable travel choices (Walking, cycling, Public transport (PT)); Local Authority Initiatives to improve air quality; PT ticketing/price incentives; Bus branding and route planning, PT Marketing; Mobility Management (Developed and Developing countries)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00PiP, external Speakers, Plan B Synchronous Online specialist Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture13:003:00PiP. Plan B Non-synchronous online students provided relevant study material (PPT presentations etc.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00PiP, Plan B Non-synchronous online Students provided relevant study material (PPT presentations etc.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PiP lectures. Plan B Asynchronous online provide relevant study material (PPT presentations etc. )
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Module assessments (CW1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Coursework Intro (PiP) + Travel planning 2 guest lectures. Plan B Synchronous Online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Background reading/reading of lecture notes for a full understanding of the material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in person Introductions to the module Plan B plans for non-synchronous activities.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge, understanding and skills are primarily imparted via lectures. Students carry out travel planning activities to reinforce these skills. In addition to the formal lectures, field visits, workshops and several guest lectures will be included to cover the practical implementation of transport plans.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M60Travel planning report (1500 words max); This is an individual piece of work
Prof skill assessmnt1M40Policy Grand Challenge – preparation of a poster.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework (a report on Travel Plan Activity) examines the students' decision making skills using a real-world case study.

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