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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Engineering

ENGI44L10: Transportation Infrastructure Engineering 4

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to H1KB09 Civil Engineering

Prerequisites

  • <If other modules, please enter module code using 'Right Click, Insert module_code' or enter module title>

Corequisites

  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations.

Aims

  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To provide an overview and describe the methods used in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure.
  • To explain the principles of highway design and maintenance.
  • To explain the principles of railway design and maintenance.
  • To explain the principles of airport runway design and maintenance.
  • To explain the principles of ground improvement and the use of this technique in transport infrastructure engineering.

Content

  • Pavement and road layout design.
  • Design of infrastructure earthworks.
  • Tunneling.
  • Design of runways.
  • Ground improvement techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of benefits and limitations of technologies currently used or being developed for ground improvement for transportation infrastructure engineering.
  • An appreciation of the factors that impact the design of transportation infrastructure.
  • An understanding of tunnelling design and construction methods and their relevance to transportation infrastructure engineering.
  • An understanding of rail track design and construction methods and their relevance to transportation infrastructure engineering.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An awareness of current technology, analysis methods and industrial practices along with the ability to apply those methods in transportation infrastructure engineering.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced technical and professional skills, an ability to perform critical assessment and review and an ability to communicate the results of their own work effectively.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Mathematics relevant to the application of advanced engineering concepts.
  • Engineering problem solving skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures and is reinforced by problem sheets, equipping students with the required problem solving capability.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one-to-one basis. These are sign up sessions available for up to one hour per week per lecture course.
  • Written timed examinations are appropriate because of the wide range of analytical, in-depth material covered in this module and allow students to demonstrate the ability to solve advanced problems independently.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Typically 1 per week 1 Hour 20
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 Hour 10
Preparation and Reading 70
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

N/A


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University