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CG31 - Graduate Certificate in Rail Operations Management


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This program aims to provide a systematic basic body of knowledge and skills essential for the management of rail operations in a modern rail industry. The main focus of this program will be on a general understanding of the Australian rail industry and the management of rail operation. In addition, the on-going development of professional skills such as analysis, problem solving, time management, team work, and communication will be an integral part of the curriculum in the courses.

Career Information

This program is for persons currently working in the field of rail operation and its management, who are looking to extend their skills and qualify as professional rail operations manager.

Course Details
Duration 1 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertRailOpsMgt
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

Applications must be:

  • full-time employment in the relevant field and agreement of support from employer (compulsory); and
  • recent (within five years) graduates of Bachelor degree.

Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but have at least five years of work experience in the appropriate field and show learning maturity and capability may be accepted on the recommendation (in writing) of their employer.

International students should visit for further information including English language requirements.

Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge
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Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students will be required to attend a compulsory two day induction program prior to commencement of the program.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. discuss and apply current knowledge of rail operations management practices addressing current and future needs
  • 2. create, review, discuss and debate philosophies, strategies, procedures and techniques associated with rail operations management activities
  • 3. contribute positively to the business and community goals of the railway industry
  • 4. provide technical leadership within the rail operations management discipline
  • 5. improve current professional practice in the rail operations management discipline
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 24

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
RAIL29014 OPS1 - Introduction to Rail Operations Management
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
RAIL29015 OPS2 - Railway Infrastructures
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
RAIL29016 OPS3 - Network and Localised Train Control
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Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate program will be a 1 year part-time nominal program consisting of 3 consecutive one term offering of the following courses:

T1 - RAIL29014 OPS1 - Introduction to Rail Operations Management

T2 - RAIL29015 OPS2 - Railway Infrastructures

T3 - RAIL29016 OPS3 - Network and Localised Train Control

Each of these three courses will only be available in the designated term.


Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this program that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the program using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.