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Course Details in 2023/24 Session

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Module Title Railway Infrastructure Engineering
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 26931
Module Lead Professor Chris Baker
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-30 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Tutorial-10 hours
Guided independent study-150 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description Students will learn about the fundamental structural components of the railway track and how they are designed to withstand the effects of train and environmental forces so that the railway foundation is adequately protected and train / track operating costs, passenger comfort and safety are kept within acceptable limits. To this end the module will consist of topics related to the track structure as a whole and its components parts including the rails, fastenings, sleepers, ballast, the formation and subsoil. Switches and crossings and the overhead line electrification system will also be covered. Aspects of concreted (slab track) will also be addressed. Consideration will also be given to appropriate track maintenance.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module successful students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major components of the conventional and ballasted track systems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and properties of individual track components;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which track components degrade over time;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which the components of railway track are combined to form a structural system which can withstand the combined effects of traffic and the environment;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of slab track systems;
  • Demonstrate knowledge about track maintenance technologies of modern rail systems;
  • Utilise and apply the knowledge, awareness and understanding of track components to develop the structural design of a conventional ballasted railway track.
Assessment 26931-01 : Main Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (60%)
26931-02 : Coursework : Coursework (40%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment:
(40%) ongoing Canvas based timed summative assessment e.g. quizzes with feedback opportunity to consolidate learning (once at the end of module – 40 multiple choices questions for 2 hours – open book)
(60%) Design report at the end of module (Canvas submission)

Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment. Students can carry forward passed assessment components from main assessment.

It is likely that 40 multiple choices questions for 2 hours – open book – will be adopted.
Other None
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