CEG8426 : Economic and Environmental Appraisal of Transport Activities
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mr Roger Bird
- Lecturer: Dr Paul Goodman, Dr Volodymyr Bilotkach, Dr Anil Namdeo
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
1. To understand the economic and environmental appraisal of transport activities.
2. To introduce the WebTAG (Transport Analysis Guidance) linked to the sustainability principles of economy, environment and society.
3. To provide an understanding of the economic principles required for the economic assessment of transport activities as outlined in the WebTAG Economic Objective.
4. To provide an understanding of the assessment of Environment Objective in WebTAG.
5. To introduce the concept of multi-criteria assessment for comparison and ranking of alternatives.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. Introduction to sustainability; economy, environment and social objectives.
2. Purpose of appraisal
3. Introduction to the WebTAG (Transport Analysis Guidance) process, WebTAG Refresh
4. Economic Principles in Transport Appraisal
5. Principles of Discounted Cash Flow, Present Value and Net Present value
6. Techniques of cost-benefit analysis
7. Valuation of intangibles
8. Socio-economic benefit-cost analysis
9. Economic Objectives
Transport Economic Efficiency
Valuation of time, vehicle operating cost, accidents
TUBA (Transport User Benefit Assessment) Software
10. Environment Objectives
Local air quality; problems and solutions; assessment for WebTAG
Greenhouse gases; problems and solutions; assessment for WebTAG (Transport Analysis Guidance)
Noise; problems and solutions; assessment for WebTAG
Landscape/Townscape/Biodiversity/Water and other objectives in NATA and their assessment
11.Multi-criteria assessment (MCA) and comparison and ranking of alternatives
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Coursework report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||0:30||10:00||Revision for exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||2:00||4:00||A Noise Impact Assessment workshop and an Economic Principles workshop|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||49:00||49:00||Includes background reading and reading of lecture notes for a full understanding of the material.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Learning outcomes will be achieved by introducing knowledge and theory in lectures and by exercising the relevant skills in the coursework. Lectures are the primary means of delivering the curriculum. Students are given a programme of required reading to supplement the lectures, and are also encouraged to read round the subject as widely as possible. A programme of self study work is provided which explores how the techniques and methods of economic and environmental appraisal are applied, through problem-based exercises. This is designed to achieve familiarity with techniques and methods by allowing students to tackle practical problems and to encourage discussion of issues relating to strengths and weaknesses of the methods. The self study programme helps students to develop problem-solving, numeracy and written communication skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||70||Unseen written examination|
|Report||2||M||30||Economic or environmental assessment of transport schemes report. 1500 words.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination will assess the knowledge, numeracy and problem solving skills.
The courswork will alternate between economic or environmental assessment of transport schemes. This coursework will assess students in their understanding of the techniques to appraise transport schemes using a range of tools recommended by WebTAG (Transport Analysis Guidance). Students will also have to critically analyse the results and produce a professional style report.