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CEG8408 : Railway Management, Economics and Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Thorpe
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


At a time when railways are of great policy interest, this course aims to produce graduates with a good understanding of the operational and economic basis of the railway industry. They will become familiar with the key techniques of planning and management in order to address a wide variety of issues facing the industry and should be able to take up management positions in the railway and associated industries.

Outline Of Syllabus

Railway Management; Railway Management and Business Planning, Railway Ownership and Structure, Railway Safety, Rail Freight. Railway Economics; Railway macro-economics, Major schemes, Railway micro-economics, Estimating the demand for new stations and services. Railway Planning; Public Transport network modelling, Timetabling and rostering, Track and signalling infrastructure design, Terminal and station design.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion57:3037:30Problem solving exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Unseen written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00External speaker seminar
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, student-centred exercises, group exercises with facilitators, demonstrations to small groups, example classes, seminars, design exercises are used to impart specialist knowledge and understanding. A particular feature of this module is the participation of external practitioners (visiting professional) from industry who by their presence augment the learning outcome.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information. If we still have to socially distance, present in person sessions will be delivered online synchronous and non-synchronous.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M30Problem solving exercise. Approx 1500 words in addition to calculations and diagrams.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is assessed by combination of written examination and five pieces of well focussed coursework. 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 pratical problems.

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