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CEG8408 : Railway Management, Economics and Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Roberto Palacin
  • Lecturer: Dr David Golightly
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


•       A1_To make students aware of the organisational, operational and economic basis of the railway industry;
•       A2_To make students aware and familiar with planning and management techniques used in the rail operations (passenger and freight)

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Fundamental principles defining the railway as a system;
•       Railway management, safety, risks and operations (passenger and freight);
•       Railway economics and planning e.g. timetabling, decision-making processes related to node (e.g. stations) location

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion57:3037:30Problem solving exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00External speaker seminar
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Unseen written exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:3019:30Includes background reading and reading of lecture notes for a full understanding of the material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A combination of lectures, seminars and collaborative learning through practical exercises is an effective way to provide students with the acquisition of the necessary knowledge associated with the intended learning outcomes. The participation of external practitioners (visiting professional) from industry is an essential contribution to this.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100Unseen written examination
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Portfolio2MFormative problem solving exercise (Pass/fail). Approx 1500 words in addition to calculations and diagrams.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative aspect of the assessment is done using written examination covering the syllabus with coursework being used to provide pass/fail formative guidance and assessment to students. . The exam paper employs a range of approaches in order to accurately assess student abilities. The coursework exercises reflect real-life examples of key areas covered within the course, enabling students to develop their understanding with practical problems.

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