Instruction offered collaboratively by members of the Departments of Economics, Geography, and Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering.
Transportation Studies 301
Transportation Systems and Analysis
An introduction to sources of data and methods of analysis for describing and analyzing transportation systems. Transportation systems will be treated at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and on a modal basis. Course Hours:3 units; (3-0)
Provides a critical foundation for understanding transportation systems in their modern context, with a particular emphasis on a broad, policy focused exploration. Topics include the role of various transportation modes in Canada's development as a nation, the current status of Canadian transportation modes, and challenges facing the transportation system. Course Hours:3 units; (3-0)
Goals and objectives of urban and regional transportation planning; the transportation planning process; trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, traffic assignment; transportation surveys and data collection; fundamentals of traffic flow; capacity and level of service; urban transportation technology; computer simulation models of urban transportation; environmental impacts; transportation systems management; energy considerations; pedestrian movement systems; urban goods movement; impact of transportation system on city growth; urban transportation policy and financing in Canada. Course Hours:3 units; (3-2) Prerequisite(s):Transportation Studies 301 or both Engineering 319 and Civil Engineering 371; or consent of the instructor.
Students will work in groups to examine real-world transportation problems identified by the instructor. Methodology will be based on knowledge acquired in Transportation Studies 301. Course Hours:3 units; (5-0) Prerequisite(s):Transportation Studies 301 and consent of the Program.
Decision Support Systems in Transportation Planning
An exploration of the history of decision support in transportation planning from theory to application, including a critical exploration of the 1960's through to modern spatial and aspatial approaches, with an emphasis on critically understanding the decision-support techniques of modern transportation planning. Students will use modern decision-support software tools. Course Hours:3 units; (3-2) Prerequisite(s):Transportation Studies 303.
Topics may vary from year-to-year. Provides students with in-depth coverage of transportation issues in a specific sector or region in Canada and relies heavily on microeconomic analysis. Consult the Transportation Studies Program Director for topics available in a given year. Course Hours:3 units; (3-0) Prerequisite(s):Economics 301, 357 and 3 units from 315 or 395; or consent of the Transportation Studies Director. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
Analysis of government's role in regulating, financing, and managing transportation infrastructure and operations. Comparison of cases in Asia, North America, and Europe will highlight the challenges and opportunities of making transportation more sustainable. Consult the Transportation Studies Program Director for the topics to be explored in a given year. Course Hours:3 units; (3-0) Prerequisite(s):Political Science 357 and 3 units from 447 or 451 or consent of the instructor. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
Individual work on an assigned topic concerning a practical transportation issue under the supervision of a faculty member. The project will normally involve a literature review and the application of theoretical analysis to an actual problem encountered by practitioners. Submission and defence of a midterm progress report and a final report are included. Course Hours:3 units; (5-0) Prerequisite(s): Consent of Program.