Facts about the course

Study points:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
Course Leader:
Tom Rye
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

TRA715 Transport and Urban Development (Spring 2021)

About the course

The course will give an overview of how and why urban transport develops and performs as it does, with an emphasis on the different modes of transport and their markets. Within urban transport the course will examine various forms of public transport (rail, bus), individual motorized transport (private car, taxi), as well as walking and cycling.

The share of transport activity undertaken by the various modes will be presented, moving on to an overview of the framework conditions as well as instruments that affect this distribution . Two examples are the use of the pricing mechanism,and parking management. A simple introduction to transport economics will be given as a background for understanding the composition of the transport market and the effect of relevant instruments for influencing different submarkets.

The course will also introduce the connection between transport systems and land use at an overall level, and will show the interaction between transport and physical design at a somewhat more detailed level.

The course content will also cover the factors that affect the successful implementation of sustainable transport policies and consider examples where implementation has been successful, and how this has been achieved.  Examples from Norway and other Norwegian countries will be used.

The course is connected to the following study programs

Recommended requirements

No specific previous knowledge required.

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

After completing this course, you should have gained knowledge of how urban transport is developed and how it operates, including a brief overview of the various transport modes. Secondly, you should have gained insights into the framework conditions and instruments that affect transport behaviour in urban areas. In addition, you should also be able to use some basic concepts from transport economics to help you to understand some of the other processes and measures in urban transport that we study. Moreover, you should have gained insight into the interaction between transport systems and urban design, where we have also given you a brief introduction to physical design of streets and buildings from a transport point of view.  Finally you will have a basic understanding of the organisations involved in the governance of surface transport and how they relate to each other.

Forms of teaching and learning

The course runs over two sessions, 2 + 3 days and sessions will be held in Molde, Trondheim or Oslo, or a combination.

1-2 assignments will be set and must be completed and passed in order to pass the exam, with work on the assignment(s) is done mainly between the sessions.

Mandatory attendance at taught sessions

Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

  • Mandatory coursework: Assignment(s)
  • Courseworks given: 1-2
  • Courseworks required: 1-2
  • Presence: Not required
  • Comment:


  • Form of assessment: Home assessment
  • Proportion: 100%%
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material

Course evaluation

Home exam (A-F)


Literature will be made available on CANVAS at least 14 days before the start of each taught session.

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 29, 2020 3:21:16 AM