Postgraduate Transportation Teaching Format
Our courses feature a mix of traditional lecture presentations and more interactive tutorial, discussion and laboratory sessions. Class sizes typically range between about 6 and 20.
Some assignments involve practical investigation of real-world cases and such fieldwork can often be tailored to suit the students' interests and locations. Group project work and in-class presentations also feature in many courses.
Courses run for a (half-year) semester, and are mostly taught in 'block mode' (typically two 3-day blocks about six weeks apart), with background reading and assignments in between. This allows full-time practitioners and students from outside of Christchurch to take part while still working. Arrangements can also be made to sit final exams in their home town.
The programme also makes use of Canterbury University's "Learn" online learning system. This allows students to remotely access course information and background reading, as well as taking part in electronic discussions with both staff and classmates.
Note: Course structure, content and assessment is the normally same for the whole class, irrespective of which qualification each student is enrolled in.
Research projects have no formal class sessions, but will usually require regular meetings (face-to-face or by phone) with your supervisor(s). With the guidance of staff, students will be expected to prepare a research proposal, undertake some research tasks (e.g. literature review, field work, lab testing, computer analysis), and prepare a final report and possibly a presentation.
Out-of-town students can also still make full use of Canterbury University's library facilities using their distance services, with documents sent to them on request and an array of online databases.
A regular feature throughout the year are transport research forums. Held during block courses, these social events allow students, staff, and visiting academic/industry guests to get to know each other better. There are also usually some brief presentations about recent or current transport research within the Department, as well as an opportunity for passing on other programme news.
See our course list for more details of specific course contents, timings and assignments (more detailed flyers are often available for downloading).