Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School School of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Partner College and School Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Eng. Civil and Railway Engineering Full-time
Programme Code 384A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The aim of these programmes is to produce Civil Engineers who are equipped to work effectively in a professional and managerial capacity, for example in design, construction or research and development, with specific application to the railway sector. BEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates will be able to contribute specialist skills to such activities. They will also have developed the technical, intellectual and transferable skills needed to underpin their education and continuing professional development. The programme consists of 80 credits per year of Civil Engineering (which includes some material relevant to energy issues), and up to 40 credits per year of specific railway engineering material taught by staff from a number of Schools. BEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates will have a systematic knowledge and understanding of Civil Engineering and other important specialisms. Some of their knowledge and understanding will be at the forefront of the discipline. Graduates will also have a broad, analytical and integrated understanding of railway engineering, including railway infrastructure, traction, train control and communicatons, and operations. Typical BEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates will be able to make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, with an awareness of the context in which they work. They will be self-motivating, and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary to take responsibility for their continuing personal and professional development. They will only need to complete further learning to have the education to qualify as a chartered engineer.

MEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates will have a systematic knowledge and understanding of the most critical aspects of Civil Engineering, including developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline. They will be able to evaluate current research critically, and be original in the application of their knowledge, proposing new hypotheses as appropriate. Graduates will also have an integrated and critically aware understanding of civil and railway engineering . They will have studied the civil and railway engineering and the changing external context in which they operate, and be able to apply knowledge and understanding of civil and railway to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve engineering and management practice.

Typical MEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates will be able to deal with complex issues, making sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. They will be self-motivating and able to act autonomously, and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and to have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

The high level of numeracy and the railway-focused knowledge of MEng Civil and Railway Engineering graduates, and their skills in problem solving, team working, and communication and information technology, equip them to begin successful careers within the railway sector and civil engineering in general, and in other sectors of the economy, whilst contributing to society at large.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the important principles underpinning Civil Engineering and Railway Engineering.

A significant knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computational methods and their use for modelling, analysis and design in Engineering and in specifically railway situations.

An extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, theories and current practice of Civil and Railway Engineering, and their limitations, including a critical awareness of current issues and future prospects at the forefront of the discipline.

A wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the design process and design methodologies.

A good understanding of concepts from other Engineering disciplines.

Some knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and uses of commonly occurring engineering materials and functional products.

Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate, and how they are managed.

A knowledge of ethical and social issues related to engineering and of professional responsibilities.

Lectures; Tutorials, problem classes and group work; Web-based and conventional guided learning; Laboratories; Computer-based workshops; Group design work; Independent work; site visits
Unseen and open book examinations; Problem solving exercises; Oral presentations; Computer-based exercises; Written reports
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Integrate knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design, the business context and engineering practice to solve a substantial range of Civil and Railway Engineering problems, some of a complex nature.

Model and analyse complex Civil and Railway Engineering systems, processes and products using appropriate scientific principles, mathematical methods and computer based engineering tools, recognising the limitations of such analysis.

Innovate in solving novel and challenging problems, including those in railway applications, and be aware of the limitations of the solutions.

Obtain and process (possibly conflicting) information from a wide range of sources.

Generate an innovative conceptual design for a project to a client’s brief.

Use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies.

Apply engineering to design and problem solving taking account of a wide range of risks and constraints.

Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner.

Selecting and using appropriate ICT, recognising the capabilities and limitations of computer based methods for engineering problem solving.

Selecting and using laboratory instrumentation appropriately and effectively.

Conducting laboratory experiments, adapting experimental procedures to novel situations if necessary, analysing experimental data in detail, and drawing comprehensive conclusions.

Planning and executing practical or simulation tests of design solutions, and presenting a report containing critical analysis of the results and recommendations for action31.

Working safely and promoting safe practice.

Communicating effectively and persuasively to technical and non-technical people using a range of media.

Optimising use of resources and time.

Undertaking most of the technical roles within a team, which may be multidisciplinary, and managing creative processes in self and others.

Learning independently, acquiring new skills, including at the forefront of knowledge.

Monitoring and adjusting a personal programme of work on an on-going basis.

Sorting, manipulating and presenting data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making.

Lectures; Tutorials and group work; Problem classes; Web-based and conventional guided learning; Computer-based workshops; Group design work; Independent design work; Laboratories; Guided study; Research project, site visits
Unseen and open book examinations; Problem solving exercises; Oral presentations; Computer-based exercises; Group design reports; Independent design reports; Individual research project; Laboratory reports