Core Module Information
Module title: Transport Policy (Global Online)

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

Module code: CTR11705
Module leader: Jonathan Cowie
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

The module starts by considering the process of policy making and who is responsible for transport policy e.g. supranational, central and local government structures and the role of the private sector. Problems and trends in transport demand and an introduction to policy perspectives; economic instruments in transport; taxes and subsidies, funding mechanisms, road pricing; direct regulation of street space); Land use planning and the management of transport demand; evolution of road and rail networks; rural transport policy; parking policy; town-friendly traffic planning; green commuter plans; “Smarter Choices” behavioural change measures, the mobility impaired in transport policy.
Implementation and evaluation of transport policy. Case studies of transport policy and planning approaches in various International cities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. appreciate relevant transport and planning legislation, and policy debates surrounding this legislation;
2. evaluate the interaction of social, technological, environmental and economic factors which are important to a sustainable transport policy
decision-making process;
3. compare policy developments and policy tools used to manage transport demand;
4. discuss local and central government structures and decision-making and their influence over transport policy;
5. undertake policy formulation, implementation and analysis.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
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 set of course notes with 10 units in total (LO1 – 5). The first units introduce you to the fundamentals of transport policy, such as problem identification and objective setting processes, governance structures, transport finance and law (LO1/2). Other units deal with specific transport policy measures that can be implemented to achieve transport policy objectives (LO3). Finally there is a unit on the implementation of measures in a given policy context and what works and does not work (LO4/5). For each topic a list is provided of further reading to which online access is provided directly or via the Edinburgh Napier Library. These are mainly in the form of relevant academic journal articles and reports by or for government bodies, and national statistics organisations. These materials are supplemented with videos on particular topics (e.g. land use planning, or a particular city’s approach to transport policy over time) and some recorded online lectures by the module tutor and by guest lecturers from industry and government. Self-assessment activities are then provided and you should spend broadly the same amount of time as you spend viewing the online material provided – ‘working’ with these key issues is just as important to understanding as reading about them. Some of these exercises may be in the form of reflective questions about the material you have read; others ask you to consider the relevance of that material in the context of the transport policy environment in which you learn, requiring you to, for example, to obtain and then critique your own country’s national transport policy objectives. In addition, for each unit there is an end of unit quiz to make you apply what you have learned to thinking about how you would solve transport policy problems. Through the use of progress checkers you are encouraged to monitor your progress through the module; this also enables the module leader to provide additional support where progress is not being made. This module is essential for anyone working in the transport planning industry, as it provides the context and the objectives for the planning of infrastructure and services dealt with in other modules. Employers specifically demand graduates who have this appreciation of the context within which they work and this module ensures that you have this. The coursework is specifically designed as an exercise that you would be likely to be required to do, if you were employed in transport policy in the public sector. Your scholarship skills will be developed through critical thinking in the self-assessment exercises and feedback on these from the module tutor. Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute carries out research and consultancy in various areas of transport policy – for example, in the development of national and regional transport strategies, and the formal and informal institutional frameworks that can facilitate or hinder collaboration in transport policy implementation. In addition, the module leader is a regular contributor to international conferences and training sessions on this topic. This research and consultancy experience feeds into the module content to keep it up to date, internationalised and relevant. This is linked to the university’s Strategy 2020 which seeks broadly to double the university’s research activity but also to link it much more closely to teaching to enhance the learning experience. This approach is encapsulated in this module. All students have equal access to the material and any students with special needs will be accommodated in consultation with the School’s special needs co-ordinator. There are no prerequisites for the module. It is a principle of the module that all students have experience and knowledge that is of value from their own backgrounds and certain learning activities (self-assessment exercises and forums in particular) are set up to take advantage of this. One of the assessment methods, an oral exam, is also included in order to allow students for whom formal written exams are a new experience a different way of demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the module material. It is also a core aspect of this module to compare transport policy in Britain with other countries. Not only case studies but legislation and funding aspects of transport in other countries are considered and compared with their British equivalents. As a student you are actively encouraged to seek out examples of good or poor transport policy implementation from your own country and to think about how the policies that you are learning about can be applied in your own country. Examples of effective transport policy implementation are drawn from around the world and you will be encouraged to develop a presentation about at least one of these examples. One guest lecture looks at United Nations transport policy making. Students are encouraged to compare the transport policy context in developing with developed countries.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment for this module is made up of a combination of end of unit on line quizzes and in unit self-assessment exercises, coupled with forum discussions, progress checkers and Skype or Webex tutorials offered as an option for those students who wish them. All quizzes are marked automatically (although feedback is available from the tutor) and can be attempted multiple times. Self- assessment exercises are individual in unit exercises which you are asked to complete and then reflect upon through on line discussion boards and webinars. Their completion is required (but there is no pass mark) for you to progress through the module. These various tasks help you to reflect on your progress and your understanding of the topics covered.

Summative Assessment:

Summative Assessment Summative assessment is designed to measure the level of your achievement at a given point in time. In this module there are two components of summative assessment: The first is the coursework. This is based on a real government consultation document related to an aspect of transport policy. This has the benefit that it is a practical exercise; and that it requires you to understand the policy objectives, governance structures, legislation and actual transport policy measures related to a specific topic (e.g. air quality). (LOs 1,2,4)The second component of summative assessment is the final two hour exam where questions are structured to first allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of a topic before then requiring you to apply it to a problem or issue that you would be likely to face in your professional life. Throughout the exam, you will be assessed on all of the Learning Outcomes of the module. The format of the exam

is a choice of three questions from five. The third component is a 15 minute oral exam via a video link (e.g. Webex or Skype) to assess your overall understanding of the module content. This will select two of your self-assessment exercises from the formative assessment and discuss them with you to ensure that you fully understand what you have written and that you can place the exercises in a wider transport policy context.(LO1.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 105
Independent Learning Guided independent study 38
Online On-demand Webinar 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 27
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 1,2,4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 20 4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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