KB7013 - Highway and Railway Engineering

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What will I learn on this module?

The module content includes:
• Route selection
• Design of horizontal and vertical alignment
• Flexible and rigid pavements design and specification
• Railway permanent way components and design
• Railway switch and crossing design
• Highway and railway drainage and earthworks
• Sustainable transport options
• Maintenance techniques and temporary works

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be delivered using lectures and seminars. Traditional lectures and laboratory sessions will impart to you a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical background to the subject matter.

Seminars structured around industry scenarios and case studies will develop your design creativity. Case studies will expose you to complex open-ended problems that will require you to conceptualize creative design and maintenance solutions, while fostering the engineering evaluation and judgement skills required to do this. Site visits will expose you to the practical environment in which design and maintenance interventions will be developed and operate and therefore enhance and enrich your understanding of the complexities to be considered and resolved through the design process.

You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support your development.


How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have already developed your skills as an independent learner, however support will be available throughout the academic year during seminars and computer laboratory classes. During the taught aspect of this module, continuous feedback will be given, and you will be afforded the opportunity to present work for comment during the academic year. Resources from lectures and seminars will be uploaded onto the University’s Blackboard site, and an electronic reading list including a range of sources available online will be provided.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the design of highway and railway infrastructure assets

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Critically evaluate the suitability of different materials for use in highway and railway construction and maintenance

3. Specify appropriate maintenance regimes for the long-term management of highway and railway infrastructure

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Critically evaluate options for sustainable transport

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will be through individual coursework (30%) and an examination (70%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be assessed by an examination. Learning outcome 3 will be assessed by individual course work of 2000 words (including calculations, and sketches). The individual coursework will take the form of a report including laboratory results, highway pavement specification and highway pavement condition survey.

You will have the opportunity to complete practice assessments which do not count towards your final mark but test and check you understanding of key subjects. Accordingly during seminars you will solve problems and engage in discussion. The intention is to present an open learning forum where you are safely challenged to explore the boundaries of creativity within the subject area. Verbal formative feedback will be provided by your tutor during seminar sessions.

Students will be given written feedback on the summative assessments which they can feed forward
into future assessment in this subject area.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will equip you with engineering judgement and understanding to support you employability as a highway or railway engineer. Successfully completing the module will provide you with the engineering judgement to defend the overall design, specification, maintenance, and asset management of highway and railway infrastructure. You will will evaluate geometric highway design parameters, and apply the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges’ standards and guidance documentation to produce safe highway scheme designs. You will be able to appraise specifications of materials and designs for flexible and rigid pavements and judge procedures for highway maintenance and asset management. You will gain an understanding of the components and arrangement of railway permanent way and design alignments to RSSB standards and you will learn to select appropriate materials for permanent way design and specify appropriate maintenance tasks and regimes. You will also gain an understanding of how structural and geotechnical considerations encountered in earlier study interface with highway and railway design. Site visits will increase your ability to evaluate appropriate highway and railway maintenance solutions. The subjects covered by the module are informed by current academic and industry research. The latest technology will be used to deliver this module; all resources will be available online and short ‘Getwise’ Youtube style video clips will be used to assist your understanding of some of some of the more difficult ideas and theories. There will be opportunity throughout the delivery of the module to attend seminars, where you can practice solving typical design problems and gain feedback from your module tutors. This feedback will help prepare you for the module’s formally marked coursework.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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