Core Module Information
Module title: Railway Engineering

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

Module code: CTR10629
Module leader: Mark Taylor
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Classify the engineering principles and safety features of a railway system
LO2: Differentiate the components that form railway permanent way
LO3: Distinguish the differences in engineering design between traditional, high speed and light rail design
LO4: Design a section of permanent way using railway engineering principles
LO5: Contrast methods of maintenance and renewal of permanent way

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MYANMAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Taylor
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 20
Face To Face Tutorial 28
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 30 4 9 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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