Introduction to the Fundamentals of Transport Studies PUBPOL3014

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of transport studies. The first part of the course will focus on the role of transport in the wider urban environment. The course will then cover some of the most widely used models within transport.


The course will be delivered in 2 hourly blocks over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory: IELTS level 6.5 with no sub-unit below 6


Completion of Years one and two of the Nankai University programme having achieved a Grade Point Average of at least 75% (or equivalent)

Excluded Courses




PUBPOL2010: PP2A: Perspectives on Public Policy

PUBPOL2011: PP2B: Policy, Politics and Power

PUBPOL4034: Remaking Cities

SPS3003 Researching the City: Developing an Urban Profile

SPS3004 Urban Economy


One of the below options:

PUBPOL4041: Housing: Policy, Welfare and Markets


The course will be assessed by an essay (1,500 words) related to transport issues or policies around the world (50%) and one two hour exam (50%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course is being created to be one of the courses for Nankai undergraduate students. The course is intended to provide a broad-based introduction to transport and its related challenges faced by various transport modes as well as the connections with several urban sectors such as land use, environment, health and economy. In addition, well-known methodologies in transport studies will be introduced.  


Specific course aims are to:

Provide a broad knowledge on transport and well-known transport methodologies;

Introduce the concept of transport planning and major transport problems;

Examine the connections between transport and other urban sectors;

Introduce analytical models that are often utilised for transport planning and studies with examples;

Promote a range of intellectual and other transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Recognise and explain major surface transport trends and challenges;

2. Explain and evaluate the links between transport and key urban sectors such as environment, energy, economy and land-use;

3. Illustrate the effects of policies on travel demand;

4. Identify and discuss major transport and policy issues; 

5. Recognise and explain well-known transport methodologies (e.g., 4 step model and network analysis).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.