TRA715 Transport and urban development

TRA715 Transport and urban development

Course code: 
Course name: 
Transport and urban development
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Logistics
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Transport og bymiljø
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2021 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2021 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian, English
Language of examination: 
Language of litterature: 
Norwegian, English
Recommended previous knowledge

No specific previous knowledge required.

Required prerequisite knowledge

As for admission to masters in social change, organization and management

Course content

The course will give an overview of how and why urban transport develops and performs as it does, with an emphasis on the different modes of transport and their markets. Within urban transport the course will examine various forms of public transport (rail, bus), individual motorized transport (private car, taxi), as well as walking and cycling.

The share of transport activity undertaken by the various modes will be presented, moving on to an overview of the framework conditions as well as instruments that affect this distribution . Two examples are the use of the pricing mechanism,and parking management. A simple introduction to transport economics will be given as a background for understanding the composition of the transport market and the effect of relevant instruments for influencing different submarkets.

The course will also introduce the connection between transport systems and land use at an overall level, and will show the interaction between transport and physical design at a somewhat more detailed level.

The course content will also cover the factors that affect the successful implementation of sustainable transport policies and consider examples where implementation has been successful, and how this has been achieved.  Examples from Norway and other Norwegian countries will be used.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you should have gained knowledge of how urban transport is developed and how it operates, including a brief overview of the various transport modes. Secondly, you should have gained insights into the framework conditions and instruments that affect transport behaviour in urban areas. In addition, you should also be able to use some basic concepts from transport economics to help you to understand some of the other processes and measures in urban transport that we study. Moreover, you should have gained insight into the interaction between transport systems and urban design, where we have also given you a brief introduction to physical design of streets and buildings from a transport point of view.  Finally you will have a basic understanding of the organisations involved in the governance of surface transport and how they relate to each other.

Working and learning activities

The course runs over two sessions, 2 + 3 days and sessions will be held in Molde, Trondheim or Oslo, or a combination.

1-2 assignments will be set and must be completed and passed in order to pass the exam, with work on the assignment(s) is done mainly between the sessions.

Mandatory attendance at taught sessions


Home exam (A-F)

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredPresenceComment
Assignment(s)1-21-2Not required
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Assignment(s)
Courseworks given:1-2
Courseworks required:1-2
Presence:Not required
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialSupport material
Home assessmentIndividual 8daysLetter (A - F)100% All printed and written supporting material
Form of assessment:Home assessment
Duration: 8
Type of duration:days
Grading scale:Letter (A - F)
Supported material:
Support material:All printed and written supporting material