Module code: MAN3166

Module Overview

This module is designed to ensure that students develop an understanding of the transport planning and policymaking processes related to tourism. They gain skills in the evaluation of transport plans and policies and in the development of strategic interventions towards innovate and sustainable solutions. Students develop their knowledge of these issues and how they relate to the challenges the industry is facing. The module covers principles and practice of transport policies, infrastructure planning and development, sustainability and resilience considerations, transport innovation, passenger demand, and incidents of good/bad practice. It will build on previous year’s content, encouraging students to critically apply and reflect what they have learnt.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

WINCHENBACH Anke (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: N800

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Setting the scene: International, national and regional transport policies (incl. international, EU and UK policies, Belt and Road Initiative, holistic measurement)  building on content of broader T&T modules ‘Understanding the Tourism and Transport Industries and individual mode modules: (e.g. ‘Air Transport Management’, ‘Land Transport Systems’, ‘Cruise Industry and Sea Transport’)
• Passenger travel demand management (incl. transport trends, accessibility, modal choice, behaviour change)  building on ‘Marketing Principles’ and ‘Tourism and Society’ modules
• Sustainability considerations in leisure transport planning processes (incl. climate change, social inclusion/ exclusion, sustainability paradigm, sustainable transport pol instruments)  building on content of ‘Sustainability in Tourism and Transport’ and ‘Tourism Policy and Development’
• Transport, energy and the environment (incl. transport and env policies, pollution, sustainable fuels/technologies/transport in natural and protected areas/green transport initiatives)  building on content of ‘Sustainability in Tourism and Transport’
• Public transport policies in the UK (incl. role of local authorities, local plans, prof/ethical conduct) and drawing on international examples
• Transport infrastructure planning and development (incl. financial and spatial planning, deregulation, privatisation and public subsidy in transport provision)
• Resilience in tourism-related transport planning and policy (incl. risk management, stakeholder engagement, approaches to measuring economic, social and environmental impact of transport, critical evaluations of evidence)  building on ‘Crisis Management in Tourism and Transport’ module
• Transport trends and innovation (incl. emerging technologies, intermodal transport systems and connectivity)
• Critical evaluation of international transport initiatives: good practice and areas for improvement (student presentations)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Policy brief (1,500 words) 50
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Group presentation 50

Alternative Assessment

If a group project will not be suitable for re-assessment, an individual essay (2,000 words) will be assigned

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension and knowledge and to demonstrate their ability critically assess the issues covered in this module. The assessment strategy allows students to focus on specific interests within the material covered and asks them to take an overview on transport planning and policy more broadly and within a global context. Students are encouraged to relate the theory to practical real-world examples. Furthermore, students’ ability to interpret and critically evaluate policy, as well as to create innovative and creative solutions will be tested.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Policy brief (week 6) on the role of international transport planning and policy in advancing the sustainability agenda (1,500 words)
• Group presentation (week 11) on critical evaluation of 1 international example of either good practice or area for improvement in transport initiative in a tourism context (presentation)

Formative assessment
Unmarked formative feedback will be given during class exercises, assignment surgeries, feed-forward sessions and through discussions on SurreyLearn

For the policy brief students will receive written feedback; the group assignment feedback will be provided verbally on the day of the assignment, followed up by a written summary and evaluation of what went well and areas for improvement.

Module aims

  • Develop critical thinking and achieve a thorough knowledge and understanding of processes of transport policy and planning in the UK, EU and international scales within the context of tourism
  • Introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches and support students in critiquing the application of such theory to case studies and practical examples
  • Encourage learners to consider and reflect upon the range of transport planning and policy challenges and opportunities that arise in the context of tourism, and to critique a range of responses to such scenarios

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an understanding of the main international, regional and UK policies that impact the transport sector K
002 Recognise and interpret the social, economic and environmental dimensions of international transport and policy and its implications for society CK
003 Understand the significance of transport for accessibility and social in/exclusion, sustainable development and energy supply/consumption CK
004 Improve analytical, communication and team working skills through information gathering, material synthesis and group coursework CPT
005 Confidently apply theoretical concepts and best practice in relation to the importance of transport and sustainable development KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Support active and problem-based learning by lecturers and guest speakers from public and private sector, as well as policy makers. By drawing on a range of case studies (such as rural/ urban and public/private transport planning and policy, climate change and sustainability implications, cruises, air and water-borne transport and alternative and innovative modes of transport), this module will offer students the opportunity to understand and critique theory through practical examples. This way students are encouraged to deepen their knowledge and understanding and to critically evaluate various perspectives.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures (3 hrs per week for 11 weeks)
• Class exercises and discussions (included in the above)
• Case study analysis (included in the above)
• Supporting Material on SurreyLearn
• Guided reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information


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