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TRAN 351 : Urban Transportation and City Planning

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Urban Transportation and City Planning
The various modes of urban transportation, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, are discussed. The importance of incorporating both practicality and efficiency into transportation systems, including non-motorized systems such as bicycles and bikeways, is explored. Methods of implementing an urban transportation system, meeting the expectations of users, effectively utilizing land and energy resources, and satisfying environmental and zoning regulations to design safe and effective urban transportation systems are discussed.

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the myriad issues faced by transportation engineers, city planners, and urban policymakers as they wrestle with the daily transportation needs of urban and suburban workers, residents and visitors. Students examine the land use, environmental, political, social, technical, and financial considerations of various urban transportation strategies. Students analyze the successes and failures of specific urban transportation projects in the United States and around the world.

1. Trace and explain the historical role of urban transportation before, during, and after the Industrial Revolution.

2. Describe the complex, multi-faceted relationship between urban transportation and city planning.

3. Discuss the dynamics of passenger and freight flows in the urban context.

4. Analyze and explain the transition of urban transit from private ownership to a public enterprise, and the role automobiles and motor vehicle manufacturers played in this process.

5. Identify and address the land use impacts of urban transportation investment.6. Explain and describe the urban and suburban environmental impacts of cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, light rail, and heavy rail as well as the environmental impacts of non-motorized transportation such as bicycles.

7. Describe the social and economic inequities in many urban public and private transportation systems.

8. Analyze the influence of information technology on urban transportation patterns and preferences.

9. Evaluate the planning and engineering aspects of traffic safety in the urban environment.

10. Discuss and explain the role of finance, including federal, state, and local investment, in the development and maintenance of urban transportation systems.

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: Websites American Planning Association: Transportation Planning Division American Public Transportation Association: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Databases and Periodicals available via the Hunt Library: Go to then Library Databases Federal Transit Administration: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT): Transit Cooperative Research Program: Transit “Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis” (IDEA) Program: U.S. Department of Transportation: Journals American Journal of Transportation: 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 Journal of Urban Planning and Development: Electronic: FT in ASCE Research Library, 5/1/1983 to Present Public Roads: Electronic: 03/01/1992 to present in ProQuest The Urban Transportation Monitor: Traffic Engineering and Control: Database Recommendations • 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.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

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 as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Mr. Thomas C. Haysley - 3/1/2015
Dr. Larry W. 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) 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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