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CEG8410 : Road Safety

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Thorpe
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide the techniques to analyse data and prepare programmes to reduce accidents by providing a better human/vehicle/road environment. This module also develops understanding of policy and practice in the key areas of road safety management, accident analysis and prevention and road safety audit techniques.

Outline Of Syllabus

Part A: Road safety Policy
1. To understand the scale and nature of the road accident problem in the UK and how it compares internationally; road safety responsibilities; definition of road accidents; and accident causation.
2. How road safety fits within national and local transport policy.
3. How to manage the safety process, urban and rural road safety management, road safety research and recent road safety developments.

Part B: Accident Investigation and Prevention
1. How road accidents happen and are recorded.
2. Accident data, storing of accident data, the use of accident data, and interpreting accident data.
3. Selecting and prioritising locations for investigation, statistical analysis of accidents, in depth analysis of individual locations, defining the road accident problem, difference between site and route analysis, area wide road safety schemes, options for treating accident problems, monitoring the effectiveness of measures and estimating accident savings and economic benefits.

Part C: Road Safety Audits
1. What is the Road safety Audit procedure, and what are aims and objectives, roles and responsibility; history of road safety audit, road safety audit and design standards, road safety audit tasks, various stages of safety audits; common identifiable problems.
2. How to structure a road safety audit report, identify common problems.
3. Case studies and site visit; what to look for on site visits

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Group-based coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00In-class exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork41:004:00Road safety audit on foot
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge, understanding and skills are primarily imparted via lectures, supported by practical group work, case studies and site visits. 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 to a road safety scheme helps reinforce the lecture and reading material.

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. If we still have to socially distance, present in person sessions will be delivered online synchronous and non-synchronous.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Group Project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist skills, knowledge and understanding imparted during this module are assessed by means of an unseen written exam and a single item of group coursework (proposing road safety measures at an identifiable casualty hotspot). The examination paper employs a range of approaches in order to accurately assess student abilities. These may include essay, calculation, data interpretation and multi-part questions.

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