Course Descriptions

MTM 201: Fundamentals of Transportation Management

Provides a common core of surface transportation knowledge for further MSTM courses. Includes discussion of the historic development of transportation economics, policy, and culture. Reviews stakeholders whose commitment is necessary to create and sustain a successful transportation entity. 3 units. Offered Fall Session A, August-October

MTM 202: Introduction to Transportation Funding and Finance

Introduces preparation of financial strategy for a major transportation project. Under Federal Transportation Funding course will examine authorization, appropriations, obligations, transit funding, flexible funding and will examine reauthorization and what it means for California. Under State Transportation Funding, the course will examine the State Highway Account and Fund Estimate, along with the State Transportation Improvement Program: The "Blueprint" to Senate Bill 45. There will also be discussion on Advocating for New Money: Successes and Failures. 3 units. Offered Spring Session A, January-March

MTM 203: Transportation Marketing & Communications Management

Reviews broad aspects of strategic marketing and communications as they apply to transportation and the public sector. This course connects management principles, tools, and elements of multiple marketing and communications disciplines and introduces strategic marketing management in a public organization. Students will use business tools to develop and justify appropriate courses of action to address marketing problems and opportunities with an emphasis on strategic planning, analysis, and problem solving. To enhance critical thinking, communication skills, and leadership skills, the course worked includes classroom discussion, case analyses, experiential exercises, and written and oral presentations. 3 units. Offered Fall Session B, October-December

MTM 214: Transportation Policy and Regulation

Surveys political frameworks of governments as both customer and provider; development of transportation policy with public involvement; and performance measurement with public oversight. Reviews policy impact on inter-modal development in seeking to manage public and private objectives and diverse agendas of federal, state, and local agencies. 3 units. Offered Fall Session A, August-October.

MTM 215 Transportation Systems Planning and Development

Examines transportation system development interrelationships with land use, environmental management, and urban planning. Includes realities of politics, public administration, regulations and financing alternatives. Extends to construction administration including governmental approvals, specification development, contracting law and regulations, and fiscal control. 3 units. Offered Fall Session B, October-December

MTM 217: Leadership and Management of Transportation Organizations

A study of the human resource aspects of managing transportation systems, including labor/management collaboration/negotiation and consultative employee relations programs. Builds skills in leadership and team building within the context of bringing about organizational change in a complex transportation system. 3 units. Offered Spring Session B, October-December

MTM 290: Strategic Management in Transportation ("Capstone Course")

Provides a culminating experience through an individual comprehensive research project. A variety of external learning experiences (internships, field assignments, and mentoring), formal in-class case discussions and exercises provide a capstone seminar that requires demonstration of the mastery of strategic planning, development and management of multi-model surface transportation systems. 3 units. Requires prior completion of 21 MSTM units. Offered Spring Session B, March-May

Sample Electives (Offerings change from year to year)

MTM 226A: Emergency Management Issues for the Transportation Professional

Course emphasizes the role of emergency management within transportation agencies and the role of transportation and resources in the larger community-wide response to emergencies and disasters. Offered Spring Session A, January-March

MTM/CTM 226B:  Security Issues for Transportation Professionals

The purpose of this course is to enable the participant to critically analyze surface transportation security plans. Course reading will be taken from a variety of sources to introduce concepts ranging from opposing force and theft to public confidence. DHS courses Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, and Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents will be presented as part of the curriculum. Offered Spring Session B, March-May

MTM 230: Multimodal Transportation California

Course provides an overview of public transit systems in California. It examines the maze of public transit services, funding, and regulation. Topics to be covered include transit vehicles, ridership, organizational structures, and more.

MTM 236: Contemporary Issues in Transportation Management

Emphasizes the impact of contemporary, political, and popular views on decision-making in transportation, and how collaborative efforts are made within the framework of government and business environments. May include significant content via guest speakers/professionals in transportation industry and government. 3 units. Offered Fall Session A, August-October

MTM 245: Introduction to High-Speed Rail

Introduces students to the evolving high-speed rail (HSR) program in the US. Covers the attributes and technical components of HSR, as well as its worldwide introduction and the path being taken in the US. The course will also deal with general enterprise management-relevant competencies, including organizing for HSR project development and implementation. This course is the first in a two-course sequence required to complete the Graduate Certificate in High-Speed Rail Management.

MTM 246: Management of High-Speed Rail Operations

Focuses on the management knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to implement a newly created high-speed rail (HSR) system in the US. Traditional management concerns such as marketing, organization, and planning will be applied the HSR environment. The course also will address aspects of HSR operations that are more specific to the mode, such as security, maintenance, service connectivity and integration, and federal oversight. The goal is to prepare students to become qualified managers in various facets of HSR operations.

MTM 250: Transportation and the Environment

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to the complexities in the relationship of transportation and the environment. An important theme of this class is that real world trade-offs are inherent in addressing transportation as an important cause of environmental degradation. Students will learn from case studies of success in creating more environmentally benign forms of access and mobility. Students will contribute their own ideas in class discussions and a term paper on innovation in transportation policy to address environmental concerns.

MTM 283: Research Internship

With approval of the program administrator and the MTI Research Director, students may apply for an internship with MTI. A research team, consisting of a student cohort group and/or MTI research associates, will conduct research related to a specific aspect of surface transportation management. 3 units. Offered Spring Session A, January-March

MTM/BUS 286: Project Management

Introduces Project Management and identifies the tools and techniques to resolve problems associated with bringing projects in on time and within an established budget. Discussion will include topics such as project scheduling, PERT/CPM resource leveling, team dynamics and cost estimates. The student will learn how to develop project proposals and project reports. 3 units. TBD

MTM 296B: Labor Relations

This class provides grounding in labor laws and the development of public sector unions. It also emphasizes contract negotiation and managing under a union contract. To these latter ends, the class contains a negotiation simulation, and students are asked to examine a variety of arbitration cases involving: the right to organize, management rights, established practices, the necessity to arbitrate and the test of individual grievances. 3 units. TBD