2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5164M Transport Infrastructure Strategy
15 creditsClass Size: 90
Module manager: Dr Ana Heitor
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryProducing a conceptual design for a transport infrastructure project takes into account route alignment and its impact society and the environment. The topography and geology will inform the alignment and structures that form the project. A risk based approach to identify the hazards to the structures and the environment together with the impact on society will be used to produce the conceptual design.
ObjectivesThis module provides a holistic and systematic approach to the design of transport infrastructure focusing on the alignment and resulting structures, with a clear practical application.
Upon completion of the module students will have:
1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin the design of complex transport infrastructure systems, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support the development of critical understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies in the wider context of engineering.
2. An understanding of concepts from a range of areas, including some outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in transport infrastructure projects.
3. An ability to select and apply quantitative and computational methods, using alternative approaches and discussing their limitations, in order to solve complex transport infrastructure problems and to implement appropriate action.
4. An ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving complex problems related to transport infrastructure.
5. An ability to extract and evaluate pertinent available data and to apply engineering and project management principles in the solution of complex transport infrastructure problems.
6. An ability to understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics.
7. An ability to investigate and define a complex transport infrastructure problem, identifying any constraints including environmental, sustainability and societal limitations; ethical, diversity and inclusion, health, safety, security and risk issues; codes of practice and standards.
8. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of transport infrastructure projects and propose strategies to minimise adverse impacts
9. An ability to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design solution.
10. An ability to apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of a transport infrastructure problem
11. An ability to plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes.
12. Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health & safety, environmental, societal, diversity and inclusion and commercial risk, risk assessment and risk management techniques.
13. An ability to work with technical uncertainty.
14. An understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader, and evaluate own and team performance.
15. An ability to communicate effectively complex engineering matters in the context of transport
infrastructure projects with technical and non-technical audiences and evaluate the effectiveness of methods used.
This module contributes to the AHEP4 learning outcomes M1, M2, M3, M5, C6, M7, C11, C12,C14, C15, M16, M17.
An ability to apply quantitative and computational methods, using alternative approaches and understanding their limitations, in order to solve transport infrastructure problems and to implement appropriate action.
An ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply
engineering analysis techniques in the solution of transport
An ability to understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics.
An ability to investigate and define a transport infrastructure problem, identifying any constraints including environmental, sustainability and societal limitations; ethical, diversity and inclusion, health, safety, security and risk issues; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; codes of practice and standards.
An ability to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design
An ability to apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of a transport infrastructure problem
An ability to plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes.
An ability to work with technical uncertainty.
An ability to work effectively in a team.
Strategic planning of transport corridors taking account the societal, political, diversity and inclusion, environmental and sustainability issues.
Route optioneering taking into account the topography, geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geotechnical models and the geometric criteria governed by operational limits.
Overview of transport infrastructure structures including bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings and pavements. A risk based approach will be used to identify appropriate solutions.
Risk assessment including an environmental risk assessment and a hazard risk assessment.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Small Group Learning||2||0.50||1.00|
|Private study hours||121.00|
|Total Contact hours||29.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe main focus for private study and independent learning is the group project which focuses on the design of a transport infrastructure project.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent’s feedback will be obtained through a questionnaire at the end of the module.
Student feedback will be obtained through informal group meetings arranged to discuss their progress and the tutorial sessions.
Formative group feedback will also be given for Stage 1 – Design proposal assessment item andpeer assessment.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Stage 2 - Individual Reflective Review||5.00|
|Group Project||Stage 2 - Concept Design Report||55.00|
|Oral Presentation||A pitch presentation of the scheme||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||75.00|
The resit will be a project report covering an existing transport infrastructure project. The candidate will undertake a forensic analysis of the project to determine whether it was a sustainable and resilient solution.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||25.00|
The exam will be a design review and will take place in a computer cluster.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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