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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5510M Railway Operations and Management

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Zhiyuan Lin

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides the key knowledge and understanding needed to manage and operate the railway on a day-to-day basis. It recognises the interplay between passenger needs, safety and system performance.


This module aims to cover the foundations of railway operations and management from a multidisciplinary perspective and discuss the main challenges faced in day-to-day operations within a complex railway industry.

Learning outcomes
1. Comprehensive understanding of the presence of different systems and agents in a railway industry.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of the foundations of routine operations in the railway.
3. Critical awareness of key elements such as signalling, safety, travel demand, timetabling and scheduling.
4. Ability to evaluate railway theory and relate methods to practice.

Skills outcomes
Coursework writing


1. Multi-level Systems in the railway: routine operations; System Coordination and strategic implementation
2. Introduction to signalling, gauging and safety
3. Nature of rail demand
a. Economics of pricing and demand
b. Drivers of demand - service quality and time
4. Timetabling of rail services
5. Scheduling of staff and rolling stock
6. Network optimisation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorial sessions will provide feedback opportunities. These will be scheduled between the two teachinig periods and the assessment hand-in dates. This facilitates feedback on the first assessment before students undertake the second.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1500 word individual report33.00
Report3000 word individual report67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/09/2019


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