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Introduction to Transport and Land Use (ABPL90077)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90077
Semester 1
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This subject was formerly called Transportation, Land Use and Urban Form

This subject examines the linkages between transport systems and the growth and form of urban regions. It introduces the theories linking transport systems to the urban footprint, and reviews some empirical analysis of those theories. The subject also traces the evolution of theories connecting transport and land use as they have evolved over time. The timeline of this subject begins in the 1950s and extends to the present.

This subject also introduces some of the tools used to evaluate and manage land use and transport systems, introduces strategies for integrated transport and land use planning, and examines empirical evaluations of these strategies. Major debates in the topic area are addressed. The subject develops students’ ability to apply and critically analyse the theories, tools, and strategies used in transport and land use planning, and to propose alternatives and innovations to those strategies.

This subject is taught in a seminar format. The format will include two hours of weekly guided discussion during which students are expected to have prepared to discuss several readings. There is also a one-hour lecture in which major skills-based topics are explained. These include accessibility modeling, the four-step transport model, and benefit-cost analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

  • Understand the origins of current ideas about transport and land use planning;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with established and emerging knowledge on how transport planning impacts land use systems and, likewise, how land use planning can impact transport systems;
  • Evaluate and critically analyse current urban transportation policies and plans in Australia and internationally with an awareness of general land use, social and environmental impacts;
  • Synthesise key theoretical concepts, ideas and arguments on the range of impacts transportation planning has on land use, social equity, the environment and public health. 

Generic skills


  • Apply generic theories to specific examples. 
  • Apply independent thought and reflection (in both written and verbal expression). 
  • Evaluate relevant issues and policy responses. 
  • Apply knowledge gained from lectures, readings and discussions to observations made in the field. 
  • Work effectively as a group member, making valuable contributions to group discussions and group projects.


Last updated: 3 April 2019