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RAIL29016 - OPS3 - Network and Localised Train Control

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to provide an overview of railway technologies and their impact on rail operations activities. This and the previous unit will provide a solid foundation on which rail operations skills can be developed. Coverage will include both above rail and below rail infrastructures. The principle of asset management within rail operations context will be explained, as well as and the general process of track possession planning and 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 RAIL29014 OPS1 - Introduction to Rail Operations Management

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 20%
4. Written Assessment 20%
5. Portfolio 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. Compare and reflect on local practices relating to the fundamental principles of train control systems. (Module 1)
  2. Formulate and discuss issues relating to the impact of train control system in rail operations (Module 1)
  3. Critique common processes used in disruption, incident and crisis management (Module 2)
  4. Compare and reflect on local practices relating to the legislative requirements and critique general techniques governing Emergency planning, preparedness, recovery, response (Module 3)
  5. Compare and reflect on local practices relating to the legislative requirements and critique general techniques governing investigation and reporting (Module 4)
  6. Apply learning to hypothetical case studies in train control
  7. Demonstrate development of generic professional skills including the collaboration with others in team project work, a high level of communication skill, 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 - Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio
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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