101-0415-01L  Public Transport and Railways

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersF. Corman
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0415-01 GPublic Transport and Railways2 hrs
Fri11:45-13:30HIL E 1 »
F. Corman

Catalogue data

AbstractFundamentals of public and collective transport, in its different forms.
Categorization of performance dimensions of public transport systems, and their implications to their design and operations.
ObjectiveTeaches the basic principles of public transport network and topology design, to understand the main characteristics and differences of public transport networks, based on buses, railways, or other technologies.
Teaches students to recognize the interactions between the infrastructure design and the production processes, and various performance criteria based on various perspective and stakeholders.
At the end of this course, students can critically analyze existing networks of public transport, their design and use; consider and substantiate different choices of technologies to suitable cases; optimize the use of resources in public transport.
ContentFundamentals: Infrastructures and vehicle technologies of public transport systems; interaction between track and vehicles; passengers and goods as infrastructure users; management and financing of networks.

Infrastructure: Planning processes and decision levels in network development and infrastructure planning, planning of topologies; tracks and roadways, station infrastructures; Fundamentals of the infrastructure design for lines; track geometries; switches and crossings

Vehicles: Classification, design and suitability for different goals
Network design: design dilemmas, conceptual models for passenger transport on long distance, urban regional transport.

Operations: Passenger/Supply requirements for line operations; timetabling, measures of realized operations, capacity
Lecture notesSlides, in English, are made available some days before each lecture.
LiteratureReference material books are provided in German and English (list disseminated at lecture), plus Skript Bahninfrastruktur; System- und Netzplanung
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Civil Engineering 2014; Version 01.08.2016 (Examination Block 3)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Civil Engineering 2022 (Examination Block 3)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersF. Corman
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 75 minutes
Written aidsnone
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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