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TDMT 2203 - Transportation Economics

Transportation and Distribution Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

This course provides an understanding of the major economic issues involved in the provision of transportation services. The course will analyze the factors which determine the supply and demand for these services. Both practical and theoretical aspects of transportation economics, including both the domestic and international scenes, will be undertaken. Emphasis will be placed on applying these economic concepts to transportation problems. This course is 36 hours in the classroom and 12 hours online using the BCIT Learning Hub system





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 30815

Mon Sep 07 - Wed Nov 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Nov 25 Mon/Wed 17:30 - 19:30 BBY Online Delivery


Jackie Li

Course Outline




  1. No class on Monday Oct 12 or Wed Nov 11

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Determine the significance of transportation services in the economy:
    • Identify the economic value of goods due to transportation
    • Recognize the impact of transport on the Canadian Economy
    • Interpret the trends in transportation services
  • Discuss the demand for freight and passenger services.
    • Describe the measurement of freight and passenger demand.
    • Analyze aggregate demand and demand elasticity
    • Explain the elasticity of demand for transport
    • Explain the characteristics of transport demand
    • Identify problems due to non-uniform demand
  • Discuss economic costs and their implications in price determination
    • Distinguish between accounting, economic and social costs
    • Distinguish between cost-of-service and value-of-service pricing.
    • Discuss pricing factors, strategies, and techniques in transportation
  • Apply cost-benefit principles to choose between alternate investment proposals.
    • Identify tangible vs. non-tangible costs
    • Identify when to use cost benefit analysis vs. other selection techniques
  • Analyze the cost/economic characteristics of transport carrier operations
  • Determine cost factors for intermodal movements
    • Describe ocean transport costs.
    • Identify additional intermodal costs
  • Describe the impact of international economic activities on transport decisions
    • Identify the impact of government intervention
    • Compare the impact of economic regulation vs. deregulation of transportation.

Effective as of Fall 2005

Related Programs

TDMT 2203 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. International Business Management (Global Supply Chain Option)
    Full-time   Diploma
  2. International Business Management (International Business Option)
    Full-time   Diploma
  3. International Trade and Transportation Logistics
    Part-time   Certificate

School of Health Sciences

  1. Food Safety
    Part-time   Associate Certificate


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