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CEG8410 : Road Safety

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Robinson
  • Lecturer: Mr Roger Bird
  • 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 provide the techniques to analyse data and prepare programmes to reduce collision 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, collision 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 collision problem in the UK and how it compares internationally; road safety responsibilities; definition of road collision; and collision 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: Collision Investigation and Prevention
1. How road collision happen and are recorded.
2. Collision data, storing of collision data, the use of collision data, and interpreting collision data.
3. Selecting and prioritising locations for investigation, statistical analysis of collision, in depth analysis of individual locations, defining the road collision problem, difference between site and route analysis, area wide road safety schemes, options for treating collision problems, monitoring the effectiveness of measures and estimating collision 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Group-based coursework
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Unseen written paper
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Group 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.

Reading Lists