Welcome to Transportation Systems Planning course!
The course belongs to the advanced module of transportation and highway engineering R207-3 and to the introductory module of Master's Programme in Managing Spatial Change.
The course includes contemporary approaches to the planning of transportation systems, with special attention to the interaction between transportation and land use.
Some of the content this course will have includes:
- History of transportation
- Individual travel behaviour and collective traveling activity patterns
- Transport vehicles
- Planning process, regulations, and organization
- Conventional and novel transport planning practices
- Public transport planning
- Parking and terminal planning
- Walking and biking facilities planning
- Regional transportation
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- explain travel behaviour phenomena
- explain interaction between land use and transport system
- evaluate road transport vehicles
- describe transport planning procedures
- formulate and evaluate urban and regional transport plan components
- interpret scientific literature in transport systems planning
Lecturer: Assistant Professor Milos Mladenovic, R340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant: University Teacher Jouni Ojala, R337, email@example.com
Office hours: Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00
Course will include guest lecturers on specific topics.
The assessment will consist of the following main parts:
- In-class discussion (25%)
- Wiki reflection (25%)
- Course project (50%)
More information on these components can be found in their subpages.
A note on writing: You might notice the focus on writing during this course. The reason for this is that writing is an integral part of scholarship. Through the writing assignments in the course we want you to start developing your own style and become a critical and reflective writer. Writing does not come easy to anyone (OK, there might be a few exceptions); therefore, consider the assignments as an opportunity to get constructive feedback and improve as you move along.
A note on discussion: In order to make the learning community we will build together successful, you need to bring your most thoughtful and most actively engaged self to the seminar each week. Consequently, your opinion is highly valued in this course, and the discussion format of the course is designed to help you practice your skills of verbal argument. You are encouraged to focus on logical arguments that connect opinions with different types of evidence. One starting point for improving your argumentation might be Toulmin Model of Argumentation (http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~digger/305/toulmin_model.htm). As course participants may come to this seminar from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, we will benefit from this diversity by learning from each other.
A note on attendance: The format of this class is participatory and interactive. Points will be deducted for each class missed. If you miss a class, you will be responsible for getting caught up by contacting other members of the class. You are permitted to makeup the points for up to three absences by writing a 3-page summary of the day's topics. Special accommodation will be taken into consideration for medical or work related situations. In this case, please discuss any issues with the instructor.
A note on professionalism: As this is a graduate level course, students are expected to act professionally by attending all class meetings, arriving on-time and prepared, actively participating, making logical arguments substantiated by evidence, and respecting others. All work is due at the beginning of the class. Unless you receive an extension from the instructor, you will lose one full grade per day for every late work. Moreover, as peers in this class, you will also evaluate each others work for some activities.