Module title: Railway Engineering

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR10129
Module leader: Andrew MacIver
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Richard Llewellyn
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Blended format using lectures, tutorials and practical instruction supplemented with Moodle resources detailing directed and reflective study. Lectures will be two hours in length and will cover theory with examples of current practice. (LOs 1-3, 5)

The tutorial sessions will consist of application of principles learnt in previous lectures. Where, appropriate, tutorial time will be used to facilitate site visits to local railway projects. Some of this time will also be allocated for monitoring progress on the coursework element. (LO 4)

Computer lab time will be spent familiarising students with the use of railway design software and will contribute to the preparation of the coursework element. (LO 4)
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills

Assessment (formative or summative)
The formative element of assessment will be coursework comprising a feasibility report and an outline design for a piece of permanent way. (LOs 1, 4) The summative assessment will take the form of an end of semester exam. (LOs 1-5)
Research / teaching linkages


Formative Assessment:
To be added

Summative Assessment:
To be added

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 30 4 9 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Richard Llewellyn
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Blended format using lectures, tutorials and practical instruction supplemented with Moodle resources detailing directed and reflective study. Lectures will be two hours in length and will cover theory with examples of current practice. (LOs 1-3, 5)

The tutorial sessions will consist of application of principles learnt in previous lectures. Where, appropriate, tutorial time will be used to facilitate site visits to local railway projects. Some of this time will also be allocated for monitoring progress on the coursework element. (LO 4)

Computer lab time will be spent familiarising students with the use of railway design software and will contribute to the preparation of the coursework element. (LO 4)
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills

Assessment (formative or summative)
The formative element of assessment will be coursework comprising a feasibility report and an outline design for a piece of permanent way. (LOs 1, 4) The summative assessment will take the form of an end of semester exam. (LOs 1-5)
Research / teaching linkages


Formative Assessment:
To be added

Summative Assessment:
To be added

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 30 4 9 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

A history of the development of railway engineering, including the evolution of the basis of key engineering principles such as track gauge and loading gauge and key basic safety features such as block signalling and interlocking. An analysis of the components of track design and the contribution they make to form railway permanent way.

Methods of determining permanent way alignment, switch and crossing design and signalling, including the use of computer software. Key principles of other engineering features on the railway, including earthworks, drainage, bridges, structures, tunnels and overhead line equipment. Special requirements for high speed rail and light rail systems. Maintenance and renewal of railways.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explain the engineering principles and safety features of a railway system
LO2: Identify the components that form railway permanent way
LO3: Distinguish the differences in engineering design between traditional, high speed and light rail design
LO4: Apply railway engineering principles in the design a section of permanent way
LO5: Summarise methods of maintenance and renewal of permanent way

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