CIV5322 - Urban public transportation systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering



Unit guides



  • Term 3 2017 (Day)


This unit is only available to students enrolled in the double award Master International/Master of Transportation Systems with South East University, China.


This unit is designed to lay important foundations of urban public transportation planning and management knowledge. It covers public transportation planning from a range of perspectives including policy, demand/markets and supply/operations and infrastructure. Policy analysis is designed to provide an understanding of the strategic, institutional and political context within which public transportation services are provided. This is to illustrate the diverse and often conflicting objectives which drive the development and planning of services. Demand/market analysis aims to introduce students to the range of markets and market drivers which influence the use of public transportation services. Supply/operations and infrastructure analysis provides an overview of the types of services which are provided and the operational, engineering and technology issues which govern their effective deployment.


After completing this unit students will be able to:

  • critique the framework within which public transportation planning and management is conducted and the foundations of public transportation policy.
  • distinguish the nature and trends of urban public transportation markets, and the sensitivity of these markets to both external influences and public transportation service changes.
  • compare the performance, impacts and costs of various public transportation systems, services and modes and consider the factors influencing improvements to these systems.
  • design and critique demand and operational analyses in public transportation.
  • assess contemporary issues in public transportation through consideration of different policy perspectives.
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.


Assignments: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students must pass both components.

Workload requirements

150 hours study

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Chief examiner(s)