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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M33
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


3 hour Examination




Coursework – two assignments




Qualifying Condition(s)


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
Module Aims
To enable students to develop and demonstrate:


  • Understanding of the principles of transport appraisal, including cost-benefit analysis.


  • Appreciation of the relationship between accessibility and social exclusion and of the measures likely to reduce social exclusion.


  • Understanding of the link between speed and safety.


  • Understanding of the problems of air quality and appreciation of the methods of analysis.
  • A basic knowledge of noise measurement and the issues relating to traffic.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:


  • Develop an appraisal framework from defined objectives and qualitatively assess the implications of a range of transport interventions.


  • Undertake a cost-benefit analysis from simple traffic model outputs and assess the impacts of assumptions on traffic growth and discount rates.


  • Identify the causes of social exclusion and explain the measures and policies that can reduce the impact. Undertake a simple accessibility audit.


  • Describe speed control measures and evaluate their effectiveness in different. circumstances. Outline and justify a speed management strategy for a given area.


  • Explain how air quality standards are linked to health and climate change.


  • Estimate concentrations of pollutants from traffic flows on a simple network.


  • Comment on the principles of air quality modelling and the limitations.


  • Propose action to ameliorate poor air quality in a given case study.


  • Measure noise levels and comment on the accuracy of the data.


  • Calculate the noise level resulting from traffic flow at a receptor.


  • Assess a case study where road noise is a problem and propose measures to mitigate the impact of the noise.
  • Understand the requirement for transport planning activities to promote sustainable development.
Module Content
  • Principles and methods of transport appraisal


  • Accessibility


  • Speed management & safety


  • Air quality
  • Traffic noise
Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hrs lectures, 10 hrs discussion/workshop, 60 hrs assignments, 57 hrs independent learning, 3 hrs examinations


Total student learning time 150 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

Personalised Journey Planning,  in particular TAG Units 1.1, 2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 3.2, 3.5


ODPM Report on Social Exclusion


DfT Guidance on how to prepare Accessibility Plans


ACCESSION software manual


(For access to TRL report TRL511 (speed accident relationships), PPR025 (Accident Analysis –technical guide) and PPR026 (Developing a speed management assessment framework).) Also Gloucester Safer City report and Vehicle Activated Signs evaluation 


(For evaluation of safety cameras reports and Road Safety Good practice guide.)




§ for Information of AQMAs


§ for help on Action plans




for policy and technical guidance




§         for  DMRB spreadsheet for emissions database

Last Updated

06 February 2009