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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 summary

Our 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.


This 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Independent online learning hours80.00
Private study hours20.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private 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 Feedback

Feedback 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectIndividual Project Report: 4000 words90.00
Oral PresentationGroup Presentation10.00
In-course MCQFormative online assessment to provide feedback0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit 100% Project Report

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/10/2023


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