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Course Description

Transportation Law focuses on sector-relevant legislation, regulations and contract law to limit personal and corporate exposure. It provides precedent-rich insight into how legal and commercial accountabilities are judged in the transportation sector. This helps learners develop a deep understanding of how sector-specific, Canadian legislation is applied and how commercial contracts and claims work across all modes of transportation. With a new ability to decipher the evolving case law that impacts the import, export and domestic transportation of goods, learners will be able to operate in compliance with laws, understand their obligations, exercise due diligence and know when to seek legal counsel.

Transportation Law is a must-have course for anyone who has any accountability for compliance or is involved in the development, execution or fulfillment of contracts.

Prerequisites: Transportation Systems and Logistics Processes

Recommended: Business Law or equivalent

Module topics include:

  • Sources of law (international treaties and case law)
  • How to read case law and statutes
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Contract law and contracts of carriage
  • Road transportation claims
  • Rail transportation claims
  • Marine transportation claims
  • Air transportation claims
  • Employment law
  • Tort law

Course grads will be able to:

  • Understand and apply relevant case law and government statutes to ensure their company’s transportation operations are compliant with legal requirements.
  • Minimize or avoid claims by understanding common law and Contracts of Carriage across the specific modes as well as the role and limits of the Bill of Lading.
  • Find and use legal precedent to initiate and strengthen claims against carriers or other third parties.
  • Get the most value from outside legal counsel by being better informed and able to ask the right questions, saving your company time and money.

Nearly 90% found Transportation Law relevant to their job and rated it as "Good" or "Excellent"


Course Work and Final Exam:

Course work for Transportation Law includes:

  • Memorandum of Law assignment (40%)
  • 11 weekly quizzes (30%)
  • Final exam (30%)

On average, students tell us that this course requires a commitment of 6-10 hours a week to complete the coursework and prepare for the final examination.

Memorandum of Law – 40% of course mark

Based on a case study, students will prepare a comprehensive memorandum of law which interprets and applies existing legislative and case law, to the facts of the case. 

Weekly Quizzes – 30% of course mark

Each weekly module concludes with a short quiz on that week's subject matter.

Final Exam – 30% of course mark

The final exam for Transportation Law is held online, is 2.5 hours long, and is open-book. The exam covers the entirety of the course

The final exam period runs over the course of several days at the end of the semester. You can choose any (continuous) 2.5 hour window of time to begin & complete your exam during the exam period. Once exam period dates have been set for each semester, they will become available on the Key Dates page. The exam requires access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. In order to reduce the chances of technical issues, learners should use the Firefox web browser.

Learning Assessment and Grades

Grades are reported as Honours, Pass, or Fail. To obtain a Pass, learners must earn a minimum grade of 50%. To achieve Honours, learners must earn a total grade of 80% or higher.  
The final grade is assessed based on both term work and the final examination, as follows:

    • Memorandum of Law assignment (40%)
    • 11 weekly quizzes (30%)
    • Final exam (30%)

Approximately one month after the final exam, you will receive your course results from CITT.