Course Title: Railway Infrastructure

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Railway Infrastructure

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Filippo Guistozzi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2035

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.05C

Course Coordinator Availability: TBC

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This investigates components of railway infrastructure and the design and construction of different railway systems. It encompasses a wide range of engineering disciplines, including civil engineeringelectrical engineering and mechanical engineering. You will work on common problems (of varying levels of complexity) that engineers encounter while working in the rail infrastructure sector.  You will generate solutions using your developing knowledge and skills in this specialist area. This course is suitable for all engineers employed in the rail industry to advance their professional practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for MC257 Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering):

  1. Needs, Context and Systems
  • Exposit legal, social economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders.
  1. Problem Solving and Design
  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team.
  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities.
  1. Professional Practice
  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities.
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and design the significance of all components of railway infrastructure.
  2. Describe and evaluate the physical characteristics of tracks and trains and the interaction of track-train.
  3. Integrate knowledge of rail characteristics and rail maintenance and apply it to the development of strategies which promote safe operation of railway systems.
  4. Elaborate the operation of tracks, and determine and evaluate their maintenance requirements.
  5. Assess the maintenance needs of rail structures and decide on maintenance actions within the rail corridor in various locations.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around lectures and tutorials to develop and consolidate your knowledge. Through assignments, presentations and online case studies, you will apply and enhance both your theoretical and practical skills.

Total study hours: 

Staff directed time (including laboratory work) 48 hrs

Self-directed research and study 48 hrs

Overview of Learning Resources

In this course you will interrogate contemporary and emerging literature with local, national and global relevance in order to inform your specialist knowledge and skills in the area of rail infrastructure. Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This includes lecture and tutorial material, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, assignments, practice exams and references.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1 [20%]: Assignment (Individual),

This assessment task supports the basics of railway infrastructure (CLOs 1 and 2).

Assessment Task 2 [40%]: Major assignment (Group),

This assessment task supports the planning, management and scheduling of the construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure (CLOs 3, 4 and 5).

End of Semester Exam [40%]

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.