ENER20001 - Introduction to Railway Engineering
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit , you will engage in a project that offers opportunities for you to explore issues in the design, modelling and analysis of railway vehicle/ track systems. Depending on your previous knowledge and experience, you may choose to investigate traction and braking, vehicle dynamics or structural engineering aspects. You will examine real world problems and apply state-of-the-art simulation and analysis tools. In the context of a train system (large mining heavy haul, mixed freight or passenger rail) you may solve problems such as control, electrical machines, contact mechanics, multi-body dynamics, stress and strain and vibrations.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply discipline knowledge to a complex rail engineering subsystem
  2. Conduct advanced analysis and sensitivity analysis of design parameter(s) in a design/ optimisation process
  3. Specify and justify effective design that meets stakeholder requirements
  4. Identify and use appropriate techniques to review a design
  5. Determine state-of-the-art rail engineering subsystems
  6. Reflect on the contribution of this project to your professional development

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication          
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research        
5. Self-management      
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility    
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio

Prescribed Textbooks

Design and simulation of rail vehicles
Author/s: M. Spiryagin, C. Cole, Y. Q. Sun, M. McClanachan, V. Spiryagin, T. McSweeney Year: 2014
Edition: Publisher: CRC Press
City: Boca Raton State: FL
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Handbook of Railway Vehicle Dynamics
Author/s: Edited by S. Iwnicki Year: 2006
Edition: 2006 Publisher: CRC Press
City: Boca Raton State: FL
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMaksym Spiryagin (m.spiryagin@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Unpowered Rail Vehicle Design

Chapter 2

Week 2 17-07-2017

Design of Locomotives

Chapter 3

Submit brief report that includes the list of learning requirements and plan for completion of the project

Week 3 24-07-2017

General Modelling Techniques

Chapter 4

Week 4 31-07-2017

General Modelling Techniques

Chapter 4

Submit brief report on project progress and outstanding issues

Week 5 07-08-2017

Multibody Dynamics

Chapter 5

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Week 6 21-08-2017

Multibody Dynamics

Chapter 5

Submit brief report on project progress and outstanding issues

Week 7 28-08-2017

Longitudinal Train Dynamics

Chapter 6

Week 8 04-09-2017

Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics

Chapter 7

Submit brief report on project progress and outstanding issues

Week 9 11-09-2017

Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics

Chapter 7

Week 10 18-09-2017

Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics

Chapter 7

Submit brief report on project progress and outstanding issues
Week 11 25-09-2017

Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics

Chapter 7

Week 12 02-10-2017

Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics

Chapter 7

Complete project and submit report by end of the week

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Course review

Portfolio Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

The Portfolio consists of learning activities, all models and reports (five brief and one final reports) required for the finalisation of a project on the design, behaviour and analysis of rail vehicle.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback will be posted on Moodle and the unit grade will be provided on CQU Central.
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

Formal assessment is by submission of an individual portfolio, which contains all of the student’s work for the semester. Compulsory pieces of work to be included in the learning portfolio are a record of all learning activities, all models, reports including the description of models and simulation outcomes, and the final project submission.

Grade Skill elements demonstrated in the portfolio
High Distinction Achieved skill attributes for the grade of Distinction
Demonstrated maturity and judgement in assigned tasks
Extended applications beyond unit content
Demonstrated outstanding professional ability and attitude
Distinction Achieved skill attributes for the grade of Credit
Demonstrated consistent ability to reflect on own practice and seek improvement
Ability to synthesise solution to given problem
Demonstrate excellent professional ability and attitude
Credit Achieved skill attributes for the grade of Pass
Ability to discuss most core content accurately
Ability to apply content
Demonstrate creditable professional ability and attitude
Pass Have completed at least 80% of required learning activities and can discuss core content meaningfully
Demonstrate acceptable professional ability and attitude in ALL assigned activities
Fail Fundamental misunderstanding of concept Lack of effort and/or involvement
Cannot demonstrate acceptable professional ability and attitude
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply discipline knowledge to a complex rail engineering subsystem

2. Conduct advanced analysis and sensitivity analysis of design parameter(s) in a design/ optimisation process

3. Specify and justify effective design that meets stakeholder requirements

4. Identify and use appropriate techniques to review a design

5. Determine state-of-the-art rail engineering subsystems

6. Reflect on the contribution of this project to your professional development

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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