Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE A Geographical Approach to Travel Planning

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to make students aware of the alternative to the use of private cars for mobility. This alternative derives from measures which lead to the management of travel behaviour. The study-unit will help students to acknowledge the need of identifying environmental, social and economic impacts of transport and the resulting need of mobility management. The role of relevant transport policy, legislation and targets will be identified. The study-unit will move on to identify what constitutes a travel plan, help appreciate the range of measures that can be used as part of a travel plan in workplaces and schools and identify the benefits of travel plans for individuals and organisations. Students following this study-unit will have the necessary skills to become travel plan coordinators and manage mobility in various environments.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- To make students aware of issues related to travel demand management and related transport policy initiatives.
- To familiarise students with travel plan packages.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify transport related problems in urban environments and situations
- Identify the transport policy implications that are involved.
- Demonstrate what types of travel plans are necessary.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- List which aspects of travel plans should be included,
- Explain why travel plans are necessary,
- Report how a travel plan should be prepared and monitored,
- Communicate the reason why travel plans are necessary,
- Present the travel plan,
- Run surveys,
- Analyse data,
- Interpret Data.

Reading List

Commission of the European Communities, 2007. Green Paper, Towards a new culture for urban mobility. Brussels.
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 2000. Developing an effective travel plan, advice for Government departments. HMSO, Norwich.
European Commission, 2001. White Paper – European transport policy for 2010: time to decide. Luxembourg.
Warren, J. (ed.), 2007. Managing Transport Energy, Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press, Open University, Oxford.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Therese Bajada

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