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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Advanced Evaluation Methods for Transport Policy Decision-making
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Mr.dr. N. Mouter    N.Mouter@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. J.A. Annema    J.A.Annema@tudelft.nl
Mr.dr. N. Mouter    N.Mouter@tudelft.nl
Dr. J. Rezaei    J.Rezaei@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. G.P. van Wee    G.P.vanWee@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Mr.dr. N. Mouter    N.Mouter@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. J.A. Annema    J.A.Annema@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
Transport policies are almost always controversial. Several methods are applied worldwide to support decision-making in transport. Nowadays, societal cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and Multi Criteria Decision Methods (MCDM) are the most prominent and well-known transport policy appraisal methods. In this course you will learn about the newest scientific developments in these appraisal methods and you will learn how to apply the methods. Additionally, you will learn about theories and criteria for a relatively new aspect in transport policy appraisal: the fairness of the policy.
Study Goals
After the course students

• are able to critically reflect on the pros and cons of different ante appraisal methods for transport policies;

• can choose the ‘most suitable’ appraisal method given a policy question (but students know and can reflect – see previous learning goal – that the choice of the specific appraisal methods determines (partly) the outcomes and the message to the policy-makers);

• are able to include fairness in transport policy appraisal in a transparent and well-underpinned way;

• can write a concise scientific essay in which they present and interpret transport policy appraisal results (including consequences on fairness) critically.
Education Method
In eight hours formal lectures the methods and theories will be explained. By using an exercise in three tutorials of each four hours students will apply the methods and theories. Finally, by analysing a pre-defined real-world controversial transport policy case and at least six scientific papers (which they have selected themselves) students will learn to critically reflect on appraisal outcomes. They have to write a concise essay to report their findings and reflections.
The exam is an individual paper of 3000 words (excluding appendices and list of references).