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Module Title LH Railway Management and Control
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 31380
Module Lead Clive Roberts
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Pre-requisites LI Railway Traction - (04 26933) Railway Infrastructure Engineering - (04 26931)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-2 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Demonstration-6 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-10 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This is an advanced module that provides core competencies in railway operations and management, including the principles and practice of timetabling, underlying economic considerations and high-level operating principles, together with railway signalling, train control, traffic management and communications principles and practice.

The railway signalling element will include consideration of fixed block systems as well as moving block. Advanced signalling systems, as used in the European Railway Traffic Management System, will be analysed. This will include communication-based train control.

Course material will include case studies on realistic railway systems and laboratory demonstration of railway signalling and operation simulations using advanced software, in preparation for the Railway Design Project.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Understand and synthesise the key concepts of railway operations, management, signalling, train control and vital and non-vital communication systems
  • Appreciate and apply common, as well as advanced methods, for railway timetable construction and traffic management
  • Demonstrate an ability to use macro and micro simulation tools to evaluate timetables
  • Comprehend, analyse and interpret the results of real-world timetabling and signalling scenarios, including capacity assessment
Assessment 31380-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
31380-02 : Coursework : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
(50%) open-book canvas exam
(50%) written assignment

Reassessment not available at Level H.
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