TRAN2041 Transport, Energy and Environment

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Module Summary

Module Summary

This module gives students the opportunity to study the major impacts of transport on energy, climate change and the environment at a local and global level. Students will learn about monitoring and modelling as well as other methods to assess transport impacts. They will have the chance to consider methods to reduce or eliminate the effects of transport as well as formal environmental impact assessment techniques and how these have been applied in practice to help make decisions about transport.


To provide students with an understanding of the main impacts of transport activities on energy, climate change and the environment, and ways in which those negative effects may be reduced.


  • - Global and regional energy consumption in transport
  • - Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
  • - Local air pollution
  • - Noise and vibration
  • - Landscape, townscape, ecology and blight
  • - Safety
  • - Severance and problems for pedestrians
  • - Equity and environmental justice
  • - Modelling impacts
  • - Monitoring impacts
  • - Assessing and evaluating impacts
  • - Mitigating impacts
  • - Sustainable transport

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to assess:

  • - The main impacts of transport on energy, climate change and the environment
  • - How these impacts can be monitored and modelled
  • - How these impacts can be mitigated

They should also be able to perform a basic analysis of the environmental impacts of a transport scheme, assess the relative importance of these impacts and suggest mitigation measures.

Skills Outcomes

  • - Interpretation of written material to understand the qualitative and quantitative nature of environmental impacts.
  • - Appreciation of the relative maginitude of impacts and how they might be mitigated.
  • - Use of a simple quantitative model, analysis and interpretation of the results.
  • - Assimilation of material and interpretation to produce a clearly written report.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay Group presentation, commentary and individual essay 50
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 50


Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 1 hr 0 mins 50
Total Percentage (Assesment Exams) 50

Private Study

20 hours preparation of exercises
30 hours background reading
30 hours revision

Progress Monitoring

  • - Feedback from tutorials/seminars
  • - Feedback from coursework.

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lectures 14 1 14
Coursework 1 1 1
Class tests, exams and assessment 1 1 1
Seminar 5 1 5
Private Study Hours 80
Total Contact Hours 21
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 101

Reading List

Reading List
The reading list for this module can be found here.

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