This unit reviews theoretical and managerial dimensions of transportation in supply chains, including regulations and public policy.   
The unit aims to provide an environment in which students will learn the essential features of effective national transport safety systems. It introduces key strategic principles that apply to transport safety management, enabling students to appreciate the role of well-crafted action plans and safety-focused transport systems in minimising harm to all users. 
The unit covers risk management, human factors, safety assurance and safety training requirements. It highlights the importance of effective coordination and the contributions all stakeholders can make to safety management. The unit undertakes a practical review of transport safety governance practices that will enable students to focus on how current practices support the safety of mainstream transport operations. 
Students will be coached to be capable of designing and implementing systemic, sustained and accountable responses to safety governance needs at a national level. They will learn approaches which will enable them to implement new and innovative strategies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the underlying theories and principles of transport safety and governance;  
  2. Critically review and reflect on theoretical approaches of recent literature on transport safety and governance;  
  3. Critically analyse and reflect on transport policy, governance and safety in a small team of culturally diverse community; and,  
  4. Design and justify different approaches to transport safety measures, and the current safety governance mechanism against good practice elements of governance.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Recent literature on Transport safety strategies 30%
Case Study Transport safety and governance (Group) 20%
Report Industry research on transport safety measures and governance (Group report 35%+ presentation 15%) 50%

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

Introduction to Transport Policy, 1st Edn
Stopher, P. and Stanley, J. (2014).
Edward Elgar Publishing

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