Aims/Description: Transition from undergraduate engineering to real-world application is the focus of Railway Engineering and Sustainable Transport. This module introduces the interdisciplinary field of railway transport through application of mechanical engineering in the context of creating a sustainable transport system. Linking engineering fundamentals to application in the rail industry it focuses on skills and expertise needed to make rail transport and its operation resilient to technological, demographic, economic, social and environmental change. Evaluation and problem solving for rail transport issues provides context for developing widely applicable transferable skills. These include justification of engineering decisions through evaluation of data, and assessment of engineering's economic and social impacts. Themes are explored using a local field trip.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students at Level 7 study registered on associated programmes.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Exam
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Mechanical Engineering):

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