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SSUD13-223: Sustainable Transport Planning January 2020 [Standard]

General information

The pattern of urban development affects fuel use and may impose serious environmental and public health impacts including pollution, congestion and social isolation. Land use and transport integration has the potential to make cities more sustainable in a variety of ways, and more adaptable to changes in needs and resources in the future. The rise of car-based planning as the dominant planning approach of the past century is traced, including the spread of the Radburn Plan and the influence on shopping centres and other development. The subject introduces Active Transport, based on providing opportunities for physical activity through walking, cycling and public transport, and develops a critical understanding of contemporary Urban Design and Planning movements including Transit Oriented Development.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD13-223
Subject title:Sustainable Transport Planning
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1
Attendance and learning activities: This subject uses the existing built environment as a living laboratory for learning about walkable cities, transit oriented development (TOD) and the interaction between transport infrastructure and the life of the city and region. This is a hands-on and feet-on subject involving local field trips and assignment work based on actual places. A detailed weekly program will be posted on iLearn by the start of semester. Students will be notified of a range of online references such as policy documents.


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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of active transport and its relevance to urban sustainability
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between urban form and the opportunity for active transport
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the pattern of urban development and public health opportunities


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Field trip participation (Weeks 2,3,8) 10% Progressive 1, 2, 3.
*Audit Active transport audit of a precinct (Wk 4 submit; Wk 5 present seminar) 30% Week 4 2, 3.
Project § Group project: analysis & proposal (Wk 11 presentation; Wk 12 submit) 40% Week 11 1, 2, 3.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) End of semester examination 20% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

The local field trips may involve some public transport use at the student's cost (usually not more than a total of $20 during the semester). Make sure your Translink Go-Card is endorsed as full-time student.

Subject curriculum

Defining Active Transport. Introducing TOD and other useful acronyms . Transport and urban form: the morphological link. Active Transport and public health. Tutorial: Walkscore – usefulness and limitations. The role of field trips in learning in this subject (relates to Weeks 2, 3, 8 and assignments). Getting started in Assignment 1.

1, 2, 3.

Designing cities for cars versus cities for people. A tale of two centres – pre-TOD and TOD non-emergent: Robina and Varsity Station Village. The active transport experience in recently built urban places: guided local field trip (Varsity Lakes, Bermuda Point & Bond Campus). FOR ALL FIELD TRIPS, you will need comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunscreen/rain protection, notebooks, camera.

1, 2.

Guided local field trip (Broadbeach).The effect of urban form on opportunities for active transport: .

1, 2.

Exemplars of integration between transport & urban form through effective planning for TOD. Policy and place. Tutorial assistance with Assignment 1 – all students to show work in progress.

1, 2, 3.

Back to the 20th century in the Gold Coast's new northern suburbs. Studio session: getting off the ground with Assignment 2.

1, 2, 3.

Active Transport as the key to making successful knowledge nodes for a sustainable city region. Guest speaker (TBC) Assignment 2 work in progress – all groups to present.

1, 2, 3.

Brisbane Field Trip to inform Assignment 2. The role of design for active transport in shaping the relationships between several tertiary campuses and the city; other urban active transport infrastructure initiatives.

1, 2, 3.

Guest speaker (TBC). Tutorial: Assignment 2 work in progress.


Guest speaker (TBC). Tutorial: Assignment 2 work in progress – all groups to present

1, 2, 3.

Recent research. Workshop/tutorial: Completing the final project

1, 2, 3.

Presentation of final project to invited guest critics. Hand in final project.

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