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Development of Public Transit II Course – Scope of Work

(Center Identification Number: 79060-02-A)

A new course, Public Transit II, will be developed and offered spring 2015 as part of NDSU’s Transportation and Logistics program. This class will expand upon TL 786, the public transportation class currently offered at NDSU, by going more in-depth in some topics and covering more advanced areas including modeling, economics, and engineering.

List of Tasks

Task 1. Review public transportation courses currently or previously available at North Dakota State University and other universities.

Among these courses are TL 786 at NDSU, Public Transportation Systems taught by Dr. Nigel Wilson at MIT, and others to be identified. Syllabuses and available course material will be reviewed to understand what is currently being taught at NDSU and what is also being taught elsewhere. The new course will build upon and address topics not currently taught in TL 786. Course material from other universities could be useful for identifying topics to cover in the new course.

Task 2. Identify topic areas to be covered in the course.

Topic areas will be chosen based on the expertise of the instructors and input received from the operators and consultants to the transit industry and will address areas not currently covered in TL 786. The topics covered will be more quantitative and technical in nature than those covered in TL 786, such as demand modeling and other types of technical models.

Task 3. Identify and develop source material for the course.

Source material could include textbooks, articles, reports, and lecture notes. Lecture notes will be developed and made available in pdf format.

Task 4. Determine structure of course and key course details.

Develop a name for the course, a course description, and course goals. Determine how many credits it will be, how many hours of class will be conducted each week, how the class will be conducted (how much time will be spent on lectures, exercises, or other activities), what will be expected of students, and how students will be graded. The extent of homework activities and the use of class projects, exams, or other activities will be determined.

Task 5. Develop syllabus.

Task 6. Develop homework, class projects, exams, or other activities.

Task 7. Make class available for Spring 2015 semester.

Have class added to course catalog for spring 2015 semester. Make class available on Blackboard. 

Task 8. Conduct class.

Prepare for and conduct lectures, assign work, grade work, provide office hours, submit final grades. The class will be conducted in the spring 2015 semester.

Task 9. Evaluate class.

Evaluate the class and determine if changes should be made for future offerings of the course. The evaluation will be based on student feedback, success in achieving class goals, and any challenges or difficulties encountered. The instructors will also evaluate the appropriateness of the scope and level of material covered.

Project Schedule

January 2014 to June 2015

Project Budget

Total Project Cost     $28,761.00

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