DCO 21612 – Shipping & Road Transportation 1
The following questions are to be answered in team work. Each team will do one question and report their answers in a PowerPoint Presentation for about 10 minutes.
Questions 1-6 will be presented in Week-3. Lecture-1 materials will be useful. Questions 7-11 will be presented in Week-4. Materials in Lectures 1 and 2 will be useful. Besides lecture materials you might need to search information from the Web and/or books.
If you use information from the Web, last slide of your presentation; likewise if you use information from books. This will count towards your marks.
Factors that include:
(a) The accuracy and depth of your contents
(b) The organization of your PowerPoint
(c) Any conclusion(s) and/or suggestions
(d) Citing of any sources of information outside of the lecture materials
(e) The clarity of presentation will be marked also for the presenter (i.e., the
(Thus Items (a) to (d) will be marked for the whole project team. The presenter alone will get additional mark for his/her presentation.)
(To be presented in Week-3)
1. John is able to buy a certain commodity in a certain city P at the cost of $40 per
item. In order to ship it out for sale he has to add an additional $10 of fixed cost per item. He plans to transport the commodity and sell it in a small city S, 200
miles away. Marketing report says that people in S can only pay a maximum of $80 per item for the commodity. (To be presented in Week-3)
(a) John found a trucking company that can transport the commodity at a charge
of $0.15 per item per mile. Should John use this trucking company to
transport his commodity to city S and sell it there? If he should, how much
profit can he make per item?
(b) Later he found a train company which is will to transport his commodity at a
charge of $0.1 per item per mile. Should he use train to transport his
commodity to S to sell? If he does, how much profit he would make per item?
(c) In a large city L, 600 miles away from P, people are willing to pay a higher
price of $140 to buy the commodity. What profit can John make if he use
the truck to transport the commodity there to sell?
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(d) What profit can he make if he use the train to do the transportation?
(e) Is the difference between using the truck and using the train in city S the
same as the difference in city L? If not, which difference is bigger?
2. Over the world, a lot of public transportation companies are owned by governments.
Many of them are losing money. Give example(s) of transportation companies that are losing / have lost money. Investigate the main reasons why some public
transportation facilities lose money. (To be presented in Week-3) Apart from taxi and van operators, the ROI (return of investment) of all routes
serving HKIA from the urban areas by public transportation operators are not up to expectation. Explore the factors behind. (To be presented in Week-3) John and Mary and their 3 children are living in Tseung Kwan O. Calculate the
family daily transportation cost (minimum and maximum using public transport) if John works in HKIA, Mary works in Tsuen Wan, their elder son works in Chinese University, their second daughter is studying in HKU, and their younger daughter is studying in Baptist University. What would be the cost if they stay in Yau Ma Tai? (To be presented in Week-3) Discuss the scenario if the KCR service breaks down between Shatin and Kowloon Tong during morning peak hours. Be sure to include what you think the possible steps are available to the affected passengers. (To be presented in Week-3) The term “livable city” describes the kind of facilities a city can offer to its citizens, and to visitors. One main criterion is in transportation services. Compare the public transportations between Singapore and Hong Kong. (To be presented in Week-3) (To be presented in Week-4) 3. 4. 5. 6.
7. materials. Describe the characteristics for each of them. (Hint: from the library,
Web, or daily life experience) (To be presented in Week-4)
8. Assume that the width of a footpath is 8ft, with light posts installed one foot away
from the curb, all the way between 2 street junctions. The path is designed to
provide level D service. During a festival, it is estimated that there will be 20,000 people moving from one end, with another 10,000 people coming from the opposite direction. (To be presented in Week-4)
i. Determine the walking speed (in range) per person, and the level of service
the footpath can support. Give your own estimate of walking speed under the
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9. If the length of the footpath is 200 yard. How long would it take for a person to move from one end to the other end? Hence deduct how much time it would take for 8,000 person to pass through the path? Use the area example in the lecture notes to determine the area required for a
station lobby in order to have level C service to support passengers having the following moving pattern per hour: (To be presented in Week-4)
10. Describe the different departments/divisions in the Hong Kong Government that
of each of these departments/divisions. (To be presented in Week-4)
11. Give a brief history of the tram service in Hong Kong. Then discuss the pros and
cons of this service today. (To be presented in Week-4)