CPT877 - Transport and the City

SchoolCardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department CodeGEOPL0
Module CodeCPT877
External Subject CodeK460
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Li Yu
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2016/7

Outline Description of Module

This module introduces to students transport systems in at least two site visits. It addresses schemes and policies implemented in these cities for promoting sustainable transport including walking, cycling and public transport. It focuses on the ingredients and challenges of different transport systems and the institutional and political barriers that transport policies may face.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the processes involved in transport policy-making in cities with different characteristics;

  2. understand the procedures for the formal approval of master plans for specific sites and their environments;

  3. appreciate the ingredients and challenges of different transport systems;

  4. understand the institutional and political barriers that transport policies may face;

  5. appreciate the environmental, economic and human-related consequences of transport.


How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered in short interactive sessions and day visits

Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. write clear and concise reports, reflecting the most important points of the site visits.
  2. be able to ask interesting questions and challenge speakers.
  3. read local, regional and/or national government reports and relate them to the presentations and site visits, critically discussing discrepancies and similarities.

How the module will be assessed

Students will be required to produce three separate reports linked to the Field Study Visit.

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Report 50
Report 1
N/A 1 N/A
Report 50
Report 2
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Transport policy design. The politics of transport policy. Designing a sustainable transport system in a town or city. Public transport and active travel in cities: the role of local authorities. Setting objectives and ambitions for transport in the city. Links between land-use and transport planning.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Background Reading and Resource List

In addition students are encouraged to read and assess local transport plans and other government documents relating to the cities they visit.

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