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CENV6001 Transportation Planning: Practice

Module Overview

This module develops the policy and methods introduced in CENV6088 by providing a broad range of examples of transport planning practice. While precise topics covered vary between academic years (dependent on the availability of external speakers) the topics are likely to include issues related to behavioural modelling, development control and travel plans, planning for disabled/cyclist/pedestrian travellers and the public inquiry process for planning applications.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main aims of this module are to enable students to understand how transport policy and transport modelling theory are employed in real life transport planning practice examples.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The public inquiry process in the UK, where there is a transport component
  • How the transport sector attempts to achieve sustainability
  • The use of Geographic Information Systems in transport contexts
  • A wide range of current practical transport planning issues
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Time management
  • Use creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Report your work effectively
  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
  • Communicate and question effectively evaluate alternative approaches and solutions
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Debate opposing sides of a transport planning scenario
  • Use transport modelling software to predict the effects of a transport scheme
  • Use Geographic Information Systems to visualise and analyse transport and related datasets
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Generate and argue a case for or against a development proposal.
  • Critique the case presented by others
  • Describe transport planning practice through a broad range of examples


1. Development Control a. Local Authorities and strategic plans b. Developers and green travel plans c. Urban design and transport d. The public inquiry process 2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a. Software capabilities b. Transport specific datasets 3. Demand modelling a. Activity based models b. Example demand modelling software 4. Planning for special needs travellers a. Disabled travellers b. Pedestrians/cyclists c. The Manual for Streets

Special Features

For one of the pieces of assessed work for the module, students are required to take part in a debate about the transport sustainability of a proposed development. Because of the potential for students to take different roles within the debate it is possible to accommodate students with special needs within this activity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

1. 17 Lectures / seminars many lead by external speakers 2. 2 three hour computer practical sessions on GIS and transport modelling 3. Series of debates (approx. 6x1.5 hours) about the transport sustainability of example development proposals 4. Support tutorials for GIS and public inquiry coursework

Completion of assessment task70
Practical classes and workshops6
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice20
Follow-up work14
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 50%
Transport Visualisation and Analysis 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 50%
Transport Visualisation and Analysis 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CENV6088 Transportation Planning: Policies And Methods 2016-17

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