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TRAN 331 : Road & Highway Transportation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Road & Highway Transportation
This course applies transport characteristics and regulations to the study of the movement of people and goods on the road and highway system. The focus is on economics, policy, regulations, vehicle characteristics, and the value of time to the cost of transporting goods and people. The multiple factors influencing rate development and rate structure are part of the course.

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the physical characteristics of road and highway systems and to the contributions those systems make to the movement of goods and people. The course provides the student with an understanding of the economics of highway transportation, as well as to the underlying policy issues, regulations, and vehicle characteristics required to comprehend the leading role road and highway transportation plays in modern society.

1. Trace and describe the historical development of public and private roads, highways, and superhighways in the United States and other nations.

2. Evaluate and explain the roles of federal, state, and local funding legislation in the building and maintenance of roads and highways.

3. Discuss the overall structure of the trucking industry, from multinational trucking firms down to independent, mom-and-pop operators.

4. Assess the role labor unions play in the trucking and motor coach industries.

5. Describe the factors that cause cost differences of goods and materials, and how they impact motor carrier rates and tariffs.6. Evaluate and discuss the application of the physical characteristics of the road and highway system to the design of rate and tariff quotations.

7. Describe the role automobiles, buses, and trucks have played in postwar life, including the social, economic, geographic, and environmental factors.

8. Analyze the economic and political arguments for motor carrier regulation as well as the factors leading up to regulatory reform.

9. Explain the physical characteristics of roads and highways, including pavement materials, grade, curvature, geometry, and other essential physical properties.

10. Differentiate and explain the sorting and placement of various types of freight in trailers/containers in order to minimize handling as well as increase the efficiency of transportation.

11. 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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Association Websites National Transportation Library: Transportation Research Board: Transportation Research Forum: MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics: Websites American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO): American Trucking Associations: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Intermodal Transportation Institute – University of Denver: National Cooperative Freight Research Program: National Cooperative Highway Research Program Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT): The Strategic Highway Research Program: Transportation Research Board: USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics: U.S. Department of Transportation: Journals American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials: American Journal of Transportation: Defense Transportation Journal: Electronic: 12/01/1996 to present in ProQuest Print: v.54, no. 4, Aug 1998 - Periodicals Journal of Commerce: (1542-3867) Electronic: 10/01/2002 to present in Business & Company Resource Center and Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition Print: 2009 – Periodicals Journal of the Transportation Research Forum: Print: v.29, no.2, 1989 to v.38, no.1, 1999 and v.44, 2005 to Present Public Roads: Electronic: FT in ProQuest, 3/1/1992 to Present Database Recommendations • Bureau of the Census - Transportation: • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)/Aerospace & High Technology Database • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) • TRIS Online • Transportation Research Record(TRR)/ Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME citation Service) • ASCE Publications (American Society of Civil Engineers)

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 communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Gary Molyneaux, Ph.D. - 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.
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