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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

The transport planning process is central to ensuring the implementation of high-quality transport projects. In this course, students will be introduced to the transport planning process, including appraisal, environmental impact assessment, and evaluation. The course will familiarise students with regulatory and data requirements and setting of specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related (SMART) targets and metrics, through to methods of transport evaluation including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Caitlin Doyle Cottrill

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master Of Science In Transport And Intelligent Mobility
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The transport planning and implementation process is designed to ensure that transport projects respond effectively to identified needs and objectives, consider alternative options, and are evaluated to determine their efficacy. The process of ensuring that this is done in accordance with regulatory requirements includes project appraisal, considerations of environmental impacts, and evaluation following completion.

In this class, students will be introduced to the transport planning process with attention to each of these steps, to ensure that they have knowledge of the requirements for enacting transport change. While the specific methodology addressed will be based on UK requirements, the approaches utilised are applicable across a wide range of countries.

The class will provide a systematic and deliberative overview of the theory and methods used in the transport planning process, including requirements for data and objective-setting, option development, cost-benefit analysis (including both economic and social factors), environmental analysis, and development of evaluation plans. In this way, students will gain a broad understanding of the applicability of methods and topics addressed in the overall course, as well as pragmatic knowledge that can be utilised in the workforce.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Coursework (40%)
1x Coursework (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse an IM project and determine appropriate outputs, outcomes, and impacts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the concept of transport evaluation and its application in practice.
ProceduralCreateCreate a comprehensive evaluation plan.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand the concepts of outputs, outcomes, and impacts in a transport context and the data necessary for their assessment.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the availability of data resources to undertake appropriate evaluation activities.

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