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Module Title LM Railway Synoptic Project
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 34508
Module Lead Stephen Kent
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Project supervision-10 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-5 hours
External Visits-10 hours
Guided independent study-175 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained through studying railways to a practical, real-world scenario. Through a synoptic challenge, students tackle a real-world railway industry problem to benefit the rail industry and embed their personal learning and understanding of railway engineering. Students will be expected to analyse the scenario, identify key issues, propose and ideally demonstrate through calculation and / or simulation a workable solution. The challenge brings together learning and knowledge of technical and non-technical aspects of railways, potentially including areas such as rolling stock, infrastructure, traction, train control, economics, and ergonomics.

The module is supported through external visits and engagement with potential stakeholders, allowing students to develop their communication and interpersonal skills, as well as their analytical and application skills.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate a real-world scenario, formulate a complex problem, and design appropriate solution;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of technical and non-technical aspects within railways to real-world scenarios;
  • Present findings in a professional manner, demonstrating a good level of communication skills to different audiences;
  • Lead an investigation or enquiry effectively as part of a team.
Assessment 34508-01 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

3,000 word written report if submitted individually (75%) (OR 4,500 word written report if submitted as a team of two (75%) OR 6,000 word written report if submitted as a team of three (75%));
Summary presentation with question and answer session (25%).


Not applicable for final-year modules
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