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RAIL29014 - OPS1 - Introduction to Rail Operations Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to provide broad, systematic, and multidisciplinary awareness for people engaged in railway operations activities. This will provide the foundation on which the remaining units will build. Attention will be focused on the principles of rail operation as well as the current business, legislative, industrial, environmental, and social environment of the rail industry and the demand for quality and safety management practices in the running of train services. In addition, students will be introduced to basic analysis and analytical tools in rail operation such as demand and performance analysis and public, private, and PPP financing. Further more, the importance of human factors and people skills in rail operations will be examined, particularly in the context of industrial process and change management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 8
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.16666666666667
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2018

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 8-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 16.666666666667 hours of study per week, making a total of 200 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 28%
4. Group Discussion 12%
5. Practical and Written Assessment 20%

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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the current business and legislative environment of the rail industry and relevant legal requirements and standards in force in the student's own State
  2. Explain the principles of rail operations and interface to other business, professional and social groups both inside and outside of the rail industry
  3. Explain operational safeworking procedures and their application
  4. Deliberate on the impact of human factors in rail operations.
  5. Discuss the role of people skills in the context of rail operations and change management in the context of own organisation
  6. Apply and develop simple statistical and financial models as part of operations decision making process.
  7. Demonstrate development of generic professional skills including the collaboration with others in team project work via the internet and other media, a high level of communication skills, both written and oral; and professional work ethics and attitudes

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Group Discussion
5 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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