Governments achieve their objectives and address transport challenges, by delivering programs and projects, and also demanding effective use of resources and delivery of the desired outcomes. 

There is a growing need for transport professionals with specialist skills and expertise in getting results and ensuring value for money. Professionals that succeed are constantly refining and developing their skills and knowledge. This course provides transport professionals with practical knowledge and tools to be more effective in developing solutions to current and emerging transport challenges.

What can I expect from this course?

This course will help you to:

  • learn the key concepts in developing practical solutions to complex transport challenges
  • review current practices and developments, and see how to apply lessons to get results
  • be able to specifically describe the transport challenge or problem
  • consider the different perspectives of key stakeholders
  • analyse issues and approaches, and potential alternative solutions
  • assess alternatives to determine the preferred solution 
  • engage in practical exercises translating concepts into practice
  • know where to obtain more information.

It will enable you to:

  • satisfy professional development requirements of employers and professional associations
  • develop your professional capability and increase competence
  • increase productivity – know what to do, and how to do it successfully
  • enhance your career opportunities – build key skills and knowledge.

Who should take this course?

This course is for professionals working in any area of transport developing solutions to transport challenges. This includes government staff, contractors and consultants and is also suited to those new to transport or wanting a refresher or broader understanding of transport policy development.

This course is a potential pathway to the proposed University of Southern Queensland transport graduate qualification.

Course Curriculum

1. Challenges. Drivers. Problems. Toolkit. This module provides a systematic approach to analysing complex transport issues, including understanding the issue drivers; defining and scoping transport problems and the application of analysis tools.

2. Strategy. Concepts. Results. This module starts the process of understanding the current context and key concepts of addressing transport challenges and the basic tactics of applying a results focus to achieve the desired outcomes in the medium to long term.

3. Partners. Identify. Engage. Communicate. This module outlines a process for identifying key stakeholders, analysing their influence on and role in addressing challenges and developing solutions and managing their influence and impact through effective engagement and communication. Engaging key stakeholders is critical to success.

4. Options. Instruments. Options. This module will provide a systematic approach to identify and select appropriate transport instruments or interventions and select the most appropriate option(s).

5. Decisions. Assessment. Levels of Analysis. Business Case. This module outlines the decision-making process is about selecting the transport policy option that is expected to deliver the best outcome, and that it can be reached within the resourcing and institutional context. The preferred option must be cost-effective, practical and acceptable to the community.

6. Delivery. Deliver. Consult. Evaluate. This module outlines the approach to deliver the solution, design the consultation process and coordination, and subsequently evaluate results.

How is this course presented?

This is a blended learning course, which involves an intensive two-day short course – with presentations, discussions, and group exercises.

Learning involves gaining knowledge, understanding what that means for you, then applying these concepts in practical situations.

This course works like this … you read the notes, and in some cases additional readings, and/or case studies (knowledge) – then do a reflection exercise to understand what this means for you (understanding) – and then translate what you have just learned in an exercise (in the short course there are group exercises) (application).

Who presents this course?

Professor Phil Charles, the founder of Transport Futures Institute, is an experienced practitioner and strategic adviser to government, and skilled educator and trainer with wide-ranging experience in government, consulting and academia.

See Phil’s profile on LinkedIn