2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5338M Transport Resilience
15 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Prof. David P Connolly
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryOur transport infrastructure systems will be around for decades, if not centuries, and the resilience of these systems to external shocks such as natural hazards is considered crucial to maintaining socio-economic functioning and growth.As future engineers in transport, it is unquestionable that you will have to deal with future hazards/threats to the transport system. This module will provide you with an understanding of current and emerging trends of dealing with external impacts to the transport system, how they are managed and how solutions can be made regarding their future resilience to external hazards.You will be assessed on this understanding through a mix of informal activities, and a formal group presentation and related individual report on a case study example.
ObjectivesThis module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the concept of resilience in relation to transport infrastructure systems and engineering. From understanding the vulnerability/threats to networks structures & services to the approaches and tools needed to evaluate, plan, and respond to such issues. The aim of this module is to provide engineers with the foundation knowledge of transport resilience to take forward into their careers.
On completion of the module, students will have:
1. Comprehensive knowledge & understanding of resilience and its relation to transport engineering practice and management
2. Ability to develop appropriate and robust tools for increased systemic resilience
3. Independent research and report writing skills, communication and & inter-personal skills.
Understanding of resilient infrastructure, hazard mapping, impact analysis, transport systems and policy, adaptation and appraisal systems under uncertainty.
Resilience vs robustness: engineering perspectives
Vulnerability and risk: networks, system interactions, & interdependencies
Weather / Climate and Railways
Measuring asset performance: structures and services
Management Response 1 (short-term: emergency response)
Management Response 2 (long-term: infrastructure adaptation)
Decision making under future uncertainty: building a case for investment
The economics of disruption: valuing systemic resilience & option appraisal
|Class tests, exams and assessment
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyPrivate study:
2hrs reading per week = 22hrs
Independent Online Learning:
Online informal assessment: 10hrs revision (reviewed in lecture – formative group feedback)
Coursework: 70 hrs – e.g. 4000 word report – 90% module assessment
The written coursework will test the student’s ability to meet the learning outcomes (1) and (2) by developing a case study based on a qualitative and quantitative assessment of a vulnerable section of railway infrastructure. The presentation aspect will support learning outcome (3).
* Workshops will follow on from two hour lecture during the same week (separate days)
**Group Presentations: 15hrs prep per student (delivered in lectures – included above), feedback provided by during session.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFeedback is available to students post the MCQ (mid term), through a dedicated session reviewing the MCQ questions and the group responses. Feedback on report topics will be given during the presentation sessions before easter. A report clinic will be held after easter prior to submission also for students to drop into (either online or in person).
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Individual Project Report: 4000 words
|Formative online assessment to provide feedback
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Resit 100% Project Report
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 18/10/2023
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