Postgraduate

CEG8423 : Transport Research Methods

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
1.       To provide an understanding of the statistical background needed to analyse transport data and models output
2.       To provide an understanding of the key modelling tools used to study transport problems
3.       To enable students to develop a working knowledge of relevant software.
4.       To enable students to use these statistical tools and models to approach the transport problems studied in the transport modules in various Master programs.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics; linear and non-linear regression; data reduction techniques (e.g. factor and cluster analysis); basic concepts of constrained and unconstrained optimisation; introduction to programming; Big Data analysis and machine learning techniques.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:003x1 hour online module intro. Present in person, alternative offered for those unable to attend.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Lectures delivered non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Understanding and revision of statistical concepts for online test.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00On-line computer practicals. Non-synchronous on-line activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Online practicals, non-synchronous, online structured guided learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Includes background reading for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:303:00Online support & instruction for PC practical work Online synchronous activity.
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching and learning of this module is through a combination of lectures, computer demonstrations and practical work, coursework and reading materials. This is in line with the learning outcomes. Lectures and coursework are intended to provide the theoretical background, computer demonstrations and practical work allow students to learn how to link the theory with the practice and help develop problem solving skills. Reading materials helps developing critical, independent and innovative thinking.

For each topic taught in this module a clear link will be made with the specific transport problems that can be solved and the specific modules where that transport problem is discussed.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M1002hr Unseen PC bsed Exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is assessed by examination ONLY. This format allows a student’s knowledge and understanding of numerical and research methods to be quantified. Transport Research Method is a core module providing the students with the fundamentals of statistical, econometric, programming procedures essential in ensuring academic rigour is preserved in the design and execution of research and applied transport projects. The module will provide the fundamental background to understand the theories and methods thoughts in the modules within the MSc Transport program, and to apply then these theories and methods in the MSc dissertations first and their future work.

Reading Lists

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