Core Module Information
Module title: Public Transport

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR11530
Module leader: Jonathan Cowie
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Introduction to Public Transport:
This section outlines the major roles that public transport plays within society today, the different governance structure surrounding the delivery of public transport, the different approaches taken to the delivery of bus and rail public transport services, and some of the practical outcomes of these approaches.

Issues in Public Transport
This section of the course develops some of the ideas outlined above further, to examine the different roles that public transport plays in supporting the local society and the wider economic community. Specific topics will include urban based public transport (what American’s call ‘public transit’), the role of public transport in the more general social inclusion debate, attitudes and behaviours towards public transport usage, issues surrounding the provision of public transport in rural areas, and finally long distance public transport, which also includes examination of high speed rail and domestic air services.

The Planning of Public Transport
The final section of the course considers topics associated with the planning and operation of public transport services. This will normally be examined under four specific areas which are public transport network design, the costing of public transport operations, including issues that need to be considered when bidding for a local authority contract, the use of intelligent transport systems (ITS) in the planning and management of public transport services and finally public transport information, and pricing, which includes real time information and smart ticketing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: critically examine the role and function of public transport in the modern era;
LO2: evaluate the role of the public and private sectors in the delivery of sustainabble public transport services;
LO3: appraise public transport policy objectives and delivery;
LO4: design, evaluate and propose in outline a public transport enhancement scheme;
LO5: evaluate public transport’s role in sustainable economic, social and environmental policy goals.
LO6: appraise the use of ITS in the provision of public transport services

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jonathan Cowie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA approach is based around a series of lectures that are designed to introduce you to the main issues concerning each topic (LO1). Activities are then designed to develop these ideas where you are encouraged to work in small informal groups on a particular aspect of the topic and then participate in a class wide discussion on your findings (LO2, LO4 - 6). The final aspect of the LTA is workshop based, where small group tutorials are designed around problem identification and problem solving activities (LO3).

Formative Assessment:
Regular feedback is provided through tutorials.

Summative Assessment:
exam and practical skills assessment

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 90
Independent Learning Guided independent study 41
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 3,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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