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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

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 course investigates the main components of the railway infrastructure and covers design and construction principles of railway. 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. The use of dedicated software will also support your practical learning experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the 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 components of the railway infrastructure.
  2. Describe and evaluate the geometrical characteristics of tracks and track-train interaction forces.
  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. Learn dedicated software for the geometrical design of railway tracks.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around lectures and tutorials to develop and consolidate your knowledge. Through individual and group assignments, presentations and software learning, you will apply and enhance both your theoretical and practical skills.

Total study hours: 

Staff directed time (including software 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 through Canvas. This includes lecture and tutorial material, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, software material, assignments, practice exams and references.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The course involves four assessment tasks which are designed aligning with the expected outcomes of the course. They include; an initial individual assessment, a group project work using dedicated software, a Multiple-Choice Quiz and the final individual assessment. Details of each assessment are provided below.

Assessment Task 1 [20%]: Assignment (Individual) - essay, online submission, 4 weeks to complete 

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

Assessment Task 2 [40%]: Major assignment (Group) - group project report and oral presentation, 8 weeks to complete

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

Assessment Task 3 [20%]: Multiple Choice Quizzes (Individual) - (online, timed assessment)

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 4 [20%]: - end of semester assignment - (online, 48 hours to complete)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 4