Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. VTVF05 overlap following cours/es: VTT130, VTT131, VTT130 och VTT131. Compulsory for: IBYI3, IBYV3. Course coordinator: Univ.lektor Karin Brundell Freij,, Trafikteknik. Prerequisites: FMS601 Matematisk statistik. Assessment: A passing grade requires active presence at base group meetings, satisfactory public transport exercise ( group project) and a satisfactory individual home assignment. Grading is based on the group’s public transport exercise, but may be adjusted on the basis of the individual home assignment. Further information: The course is held in Lund in part conjunction with VTT131. Home page:

The course aims to give the student an insight into public transport planning and the driving forces behind the demand for transport, as well as the ability to apply this to future changes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· be familiar with the historical development and driving forces of transport, as well as understand how these can affect transport in the future.

· be skilled in types of traffic forecasting methods that are used in planning, and have an understanding of how forecasting models’ prerequisites affect the usability of the results.

· understand the role of public transport in society, and the importance of various standard factors in public transport.

· understand how model formulation and prerequisites in a forecasting model affect the usability of the results

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to calculate the demand for passenger transport with different means of transport in simple scenarios

· be able to design a smaller public transport network and analyse its consequences

· with the point of departure in the above knowledge and understanding, be able to describe the effects of different types of changes on the extent of transport and the distribution of trips among transport modes

· present a public transport investigation orally and in writing and illustrate the results.

The course is divided into four main themes.

Traffic and Society: fundamental driving forces behind transport needs and historical development.

Traffic forecasts: traffic volume calculation, and distribution of trips in terms of area, transport mode and route. The interconnection of model principles, model prerequisites and forecast results.

Public transport: Public transport’s role in society, various travel groups and line-network planning.

Passenger transport today: possibilities of affecting the driving forces, extent and distribution of trips between transport modes, and surveys of travelling habits.

The course work is both individual and in groups. Lectures are alternated with base-group meetings according to the PBL method and exercises.

.Literature (Efternamn, initial förnamn Titel. Förlag årtal. ISBN:)
The course contains gemensamt rekommenderad litteratur and krav på egen litteratursökning in given subject areas. Recommended literature:
O’Flaherty, C A (1997) Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering. Arnold, London.
Institution of Highway and Transportation (1997) Transport in the Urban Environment, London (finns även på CD)