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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5336M Railway Engineering and Planning

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr David Connolly

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides the key knowledge and understanding needed to plan, design and operate a railway line. First, railway planning is addressed with a focus on project appraisal. Next, the physical components that constitute a railway are explored. Finally, students will use their new knowledge to design and plan a railway line.


This module aims to:
1. Give students knowledge of the critical components that constitute a railway
2. Give students knowledge of the planning considerations required to construct a railway
3. Give students a broad understanding of the history and planning of railways
4. Give students the opportunity to plan a new railway line and consider the interaction between its critical components

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will have:

1. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key components that make up a railway
2. Knowledge and understanding of the planning processes used on new railway lines
3. Ability to apply knowledge of both railway engineering and planning to create a proposal for a new rail line

Skills outcomes
Essay writing.

This module will be used for the formative assessment of English language competency.


1. Structure of the railway industry
2. Planning processes used for railway projects
3. Permanent Way
4. Railway structures and electrification
5. Environmental impact
6. Integration of railways in the transport network and future developments

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours85.00
Private study hours22.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will need to conduct independent reading, both of given materials and self-found materials. This will support their learning and be an integral part of the coursework.
Private study:
 2hrs reading per week for 11 weeks = 22hrs
Independent Online Learning:
 Coursework: 85 hrs – 5000 word report

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

‘Surgery’ type sessions will be held during weekly tutorials for students to discuss their coursework progress and get feedback on it.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5,000 word report100.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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