Core Module Information
Module title: Public Transport Global Online

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

Module code: CTR11730
Module leader: Jonathan Cowie
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

The module is broken down into three overarching themes:

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 sustainable public transport services;
LO3: appraise public transport policy objectives and delivery;
LO4: design, evaluate and propose in outline a public transport enhancement scheme;
LO5: critically review public perceptions of public transport usage 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, 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:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of activities are included in each unit which will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums. You will also have access to examples of assessments and outline solutions and a database of Frequently Asked Questions (BEN). The LTA approach is based around a set of targeted course notes, that subdivide the material into 10 units in total. These are designed to introduce you to the main issues concerning each topic (LO1 – LO3), and then for each topic a list is provided of further reading to which online access is directly provided. These are mainly in the form of relevant academic journal articles.
Activities are then designed to develop basic ideas further, and you are expected to take part in online discussions based around your thoughts and findings from undertaking these activities (LO2, LO4 - 6). The final aspect of the LTA is through online quizzes, where there is an end of unit quiz for each unit. These are specifically designed not to simply be a regurgitation of course material, but rather develop a deeper understanding of the key issues (LO1-3, LO5/6). This module offers the possibility to specialise in public transport issues, and these can be built on and further developed in the dissertation module. The transportation consultative industries (i.e. transport planners, consultancies, central and local government bodies) are increasingly focusing on mass movement transport, however there is a distinct skills shortage in this area. The module is designed to encourage critical thinking. Many of the issues examined are discursive in nature, and hence students are actively encouraged to think about the material that is being examined. Research / teaching linkages Public transport is a constantly changing area of study, what was relevant ten years ago is now largely irrelevant today. The course needs continual updating and revising and research outputs and the results of continuous scholarly activity are constantly incorporated into the course. The coursework is also designed to show the clear link between research outputs (at all levels) and the development of public transport policy and key practical developments. Supporting equality and diversity This is an introductory module with no prerequisites, hence all issues are considered from first principles, 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. Internationalisation The course does not only focus on issues facing British public transport but draws on examples and experiences of other countries. Of particularly relevance is the far reaching impact of European Union policy on the provision of public transport services, as well as issues connected with public transport provided by the informal sector, which is to be found in many developing countries throughout the world.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided through regular feedback to students and online discussions.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment for this module is in two parts, a formative course work (LO4) and a summative exam (LOs1 to 6). The coursework surrounds practical aspects of public transport, where you are asked to put forward a proposal for a new public transport scheme, either infrastructure related or service related. This is designed to not only examine your knowledge of public transport but is also used to develop and refine research skills. The final two hour exam is aimed at assessing the depth of knowledge rather than the volume of it i.e. is not designed to be a speed writing test. For that reason it will also usually contain a compulsory question that will directly assess LO3.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 198
Online Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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