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TRAN 301 : Transportation Legislation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Transportation Legislation
A study of the evolution and development of federal transportation legislation including highway, railroad, marine, urban transportation, pipeline, and aviation; students will examine both past and present problems resulting in the regulation of transportation as well as the funding process. A review of applicable international treaties and conventions is included.

The overall goal of this course is to instill in the student an appreciation for the impact of historical events and legislative acts on the development and control of the transportation industries as they currently exist. Emphasis will be placed on the role that the Federal Government played in this process and provide the student an understanding of the law as applied to the transportation industries.

1. Discuss and explain the evolving roles and responsibilities of U.S. regulatory agencies and international organizations in transportation.

2. Describe administrative law procedures and apply to DOT rulemaking, enforcement, legislation and judicial review.

3. Apply the legal principles of civil liability for negligence or strict liability for transportation accidents and prudent risk management practices to limit liability exposure to individuals, companies, and government.

4. Explain the role of government in attempting to prevent undue commercial advantage in an unregulated environment.5. Trace and analyze the history of international transportation agreements by focusing on the conferences, conventions and treaties that shaped and affected international treaties between nations in transportation matters.

6. Explain the problems areas in modern transportation that result in disputes, litigation and lawsuits and learn how to avoid these developments.

7. Identify and explain the laws and regulations, carrier tariffs and practices governing transportation and logistics in today’s environment.

8. Assess the impact that governmental deregulation has had on the transportation industry.

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Publications: Speciale, R. (2006). Fundamentals of aviation law. McGraw-Hill. NY. ISBN: 0-07145-8670 Legal Websites: Transportlaw Center: Transportation Law Journal: Note: Large files, takes a few minutes to download Websites: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Databases and Periodicals available via Hunt Library Department of Transportation: Federal Aviation Administration: International Air Cargo Association: National Transportation Safety Board: Surface Transportation Board: http: Journals: Journal of Air Law and Commerce Journal of Commerce Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics & Policy Transportation Law Journal

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications of the subject matter as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Dr. David Lowe - 3/1/2015
Dr. Larry Jenkins - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
1-17 Bachelor of Science in Transportation PO #1 - Critical Thinking: The student will show through a variety of mediums (for examples, examinations, term-papers, presentations and assignments) a knowledge at a synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

PO #2 - Quantitative Reasoning: The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology and analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems. This may be in the form on direct assignments with software programs, systems and experimentation.

PO #3 - Information Literacy: The student will gather information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in their writing, for example by referencing – but not limited and also using to justify and explain methodologies and critiquing work and findings. This scope will not be limited to libraries, but digital searching and use of learning resource centers within ERAU and industrial based centers

PO #4 - Communication: The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information for the purpose of assessment, information sharing and presentation to their peers.

PO #5 - Scientific Literacy: The student will include in all appropriate applications the process analyzing scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.

PO#6 – Cultural Literacy: The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts

PO#7 - Life Long Personal Growth: The student will be supported by the role of ERAU of the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through activities that enhance and promote lifelong learning, for example, the opportunity to attend seminars, conferences and partake in the lectures from visiting Professors. Likewise, the role of the Alumni in sharing and developing experiences.

PO#8 - Air Transport System outcome: The student will identify and apply the fundamentals of air transportation as part of a global transportation system, including the technological, social, economical, and political aspects of the system as they applies to passenger and cargo operations and management.

PO #9 - Highway Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and discuss the characteristics of commercial, public, and private vehicles, as well as road and highway infrastructure, and the factors that lead to differences in the economics, pricing, and operations of the various forms of highway transportation and evaluate each method where used.

PO #10 - Rail Systems outcome: The student will apply the operational, economic, and regulatory characteristics of rail vehicles and rail right-of-ways for the movement of people and freight, to identify the advantages and potential of rail to the transportation system as a whole.

PO #11 - Marine Systems outcome: The student will apply their knowledge of the characteristics of marine vessels and the waterways on which they operate, as well as the economics, regulatory considerations, maritime and international laws, to evaluate the role of marine transport systems in the efficient transport of passengers and cargo.

PO #12 - Pipeline Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and justify the economics and regulatory aspects of pipelines, to include the movement of liquids, gases, slurries, and other bulk materials, as well as the various environmental and land use issues related to the construction and operation of pipelines.

PO #13 - Strategic Intermodal Alliance outcome: The student will demonstrate, through comparisons and analysis, an evaluation of the physical, economic, and regulatory aspects of intermodal transportation alliances at a local, national and international level.

PO #14 - Transportation Legislation outcome: The student will discuss and recall the evolution and development of federal transportation legislation including highway, air, railroad, maritime, transit, and pipeline, including funding mechanisms and past and present underlying problems. A critical review of applicable international treaties and conventions is included.

PO #15 - Transportation and the Environment outcome: The student will identify and describe the challenges of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient transportation system while mitigating the negative environmental impacts, to include economic, regulatory, legal, political, and energy consumption considerations.

PO #16 - Transportation Safety and Security outcome: The student will relate and recommend improvements for safety and security issues pertaining to transportation networks, vehicles, people, and facilities, as well as the construction and design of operational and managerial criteria for the defense of people and property.

PO #17 - Urban Transportation and City Planning outcome: The student will analyze city planning as it relates to meeting the needs of transporting people, goods and cargo. Evaluation will include examples of best and worst city practices and historical, technological and environmental influences. Students will assess city development, urban transportation public and private, motorized and non-motorized, as well as identifying the complex relationships between transportation and land use within the urban environment to evaluate existing and proposed designs.
Key: 10