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PLAN9076: Transport Capstone

Transport Capstone is the capstone unit for the Master of Transport which allows students from different disciplines to select a real-world project aligning with their professional interests. Students will interrogate and explore an existing transport problem/challenge using the skills and knowledge learned throughout the degree plus their disciplinary expertise. Leveraging of a topical transport theme, students will learn how to formulate a compelling transport based 'proposition' which they will explore throughout the semester in an integrated cross-disciplinary manner and using basic research methods and analytical skils. Building on units completed, students will develop and apply abilities and skills in project identification, research investigation and interpretation, conceptual development and presentation that enables them to prepare possible strategies, concepts plans, policies and recommendations in a professional and creditable manner. This is group and individual work with the main output being a professional practice report.


Academic unit Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Unit code PLAN9076
Unit name Transport Capstone
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

48 credit points with at least 36 credit points from ARCH9100, CIVL5702, CIVL5703, CIVL5704, ITLS5100, ITLS5200, ITLS6102, PLAN9064
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Ryan Jones,
Lecturer(s) Ryan Michael Jones ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Research Proposal
Research topic scoping + development
15% Week 03
Due date: 25 Aug 2021

Closing date: 01 Sep 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Preliminary Report
Introduction + Literature Review chapters
25% Week 07
Due date: 24 Sep 2021

Closing date: 03 Oct 2021
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation Progress Report
Oral Presentation
10% Week 11
Due date: 27 Oct 2021

Closing date: 03 Nov 2021
10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Final Report
Final research report with professional writing style and graphics
50% Week 13
Due date: 14 Nov 2021

Closing date: 21 Nov 2021
8000 - 10,000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Research Proposal: Students will use a written template to propose a research topic and question.

Preliminary Report: Students will submit the first 2500 words of their report (Introduction and Literature Review).

Progress Report: Students will present on the results and progress of their research process.

Final Report: The urban report is to be approximately 8000 -10,000 words, plus references and any appendices.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties apply as per ADP policies

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Unit Introduction + Developing a Research Question Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Reviewing Literature + Understanding Method Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 03 How-to: Research Report (Part 1) Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Chapter Writing 1 + Preliminary Report Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Supervision Meetings Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Supervision Meetings Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Chapter Writing 2 + Data Collection Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 How-to: Research Report (Part 2) Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Supervision Meetings Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Supervision Meetings Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Chapter Writing 3 + Presentation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 12 Supervision Meetings Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Final Report Q&A Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

It is expected that you will attend all sessions on Zoom and meet with your Supervisor as per the scheduled. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There is no presribed texts. All students will be undertaking independent research and reading theoretical and practical documents relevant to your own topic.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate from the scholarly literature and reflection on concepts applied in professional practice a depth of cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the fields of transport planning, systems, engineering, management, as well as knowledge of developments in public policy.
  • LO2. Critically evaluate and analyse various sources of multi-disciplinary knowledge and professional practice so as to contribute to teams of planners, designers, and transport managers.
  • LO3. Apply well-developed skills and knowledge to understand and interpret theoretical knowledge relative to strategic planning and design, public transport scheduling and operations, transport-land use interaction, and related public policies.
  • LO4. Explain fundamental modes of inquiry and methods applicable to interrogating transport systems analysis, data analytics, planning, design, and implementation.
  • LO5. Identify the key stakeholders involved in transportation system provision, their motives, development aspirations, contextual settings, and the rules, regulations, and governance in urban transportation networks that are relevant to each stakeholder.
  • LO6. Synthesise knowledge of cross-disciplinary transport design strategies, concepts, systems, plans and solutions and present this information using professional writing and graphic skills.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
This is the first time this unit has been offered.

Harvard Referencing is expected in all written work. 

Site visit guidelines

There are no site visits included in this unit. Students may visit sites relevant to your topic of Covid safe.


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