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TRAN 341 : Railroad Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Railroad Operations
This course examines the characteristics of rail transport for the movement of passengers and materials. The topics of rail operations and management, including economic issues, regulatory issues, and labor issues are studied. Factors influencing the transport costs of passengers and materials that move on the railroad system, as well as the development of rail rate structures, are examined.

The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with railroad transportation for the movement of goods and people. The course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to understand the critical issues faced by railroad managers and operators today, including economic, regulatory, and labor matters. Students also examine the physical characteristics of rail systems, as well as explore competitive challenges faced by the railroad industry.

1. Trace and discuss the historical development of rail systems in the United States, United Kingdom, and other nations, both developed and less developed, around the world.

2. Explain rail policy legislation, including rail labor laws as well as rail economic regulation and regulatory reform.

3. Identify and evaluate the principles of railroad planning and management.

4. Explain rail demand forecasting, including forecasts for both passenger and freight operations.

5. Describe the present structure, as well as future promise, for high speed rail networks, including both conventional and magnetic levitation systems.6. Discuss the factors involved in the determination of rail tariffs, including the relationships between cost of service, value of service, and actual rate charged.

7. Identify and analyze the physical elements of the rail system including, among other components, the subgrade, ballast, tracks, ties, etc.

8. Discuss the relationship between rail systems and land use patterns, environmental protection, and sustainability.

9. Describe the nature of the rolling stock, including diesel and electric locomotives as well as the various kinds of passenger and freight cars. 10 Differentiate and explain rail network elements including signals, switches, crossings, and the various forms of communications technology connecting rail crews and the company or organization.

11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Association Websites National Transportation Library: Transportation Research Board: Transportation Research Forum: Websites American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association: Association of American Railroads: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Databases and Periodicals available via the Hunt Library: Go to then Library Databases Federal Railroad Administration: National Cooperative Freight Research Program: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT): Railroad Research Foundation: Railway Technical Research Institute: U.S. Department of Transportation: Journals American Journal of Transportation: International Railway Journal: Electronic: 01/01/2001 to present in Business & Company Resource Center from 05/01/2003 to present in ProQuest Central Journal of Commerce: (1542-3867) Electronic: 10/01/2002 to present in Business & Company Resource Center and Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition Print: 2009 – Periodicals Journal of the Transportation Research Forum: Print: v.29, no.2, 1989 to v.38, no.1, 1999 and v.44, 2005 to Present Database Recommendations • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)/Aerospace & High Technology Database • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) • TRIS Online • Transportation Research Record(TRR)/ Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Citation Service) • ASCE Publications (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
If the textbook(s) or any other publications listed here are available in the Hunt Library location information follows the title. Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
It is imperative that the use of computer services be utilized for research in addition to library services. Word processors are recommended in the preparation of reports; take home examinations, written case studies and visual aids prepared to support class presentations.
Thomas C. Thalheim - 3/1/2015
Dr. Larry W. Jenkins - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
1-17 Bachelor of Science in Transportation PO #1 - Critical Thinking: The student will show through a variety of mediums (for examples, examinations, term-papers, presentations and assignments) knowledge at a synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

PO #2 - Quantitative Reasoning: The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology and analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems. This may be in the form on direct assignments with software programs, systems and experimentation.

PO #3 - Information Literacy: The student will gather information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in their writing, for example by referencing – but not limited and also using to justify and explain methodologies and critiquing work and findings. This scope will not be limited to libraries, but digital searching and use of learning resource centers within ERAU and industrial based centers

PO #4 - Communication: The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information for the purpose of assessment, information sharing and presentation to their peers.

PO #5 - Scientific Literacy: The student will include in all appropriate applications the process analyzing scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.

PO#6 – Cultural Literacy: The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts

PO#7 - Life Long Personal Growth: The student will be supported by the role of ERAU of the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through activities that enhance and promote lifelong learning, for example, the opportunity to attend seminars, conferences and partake in the lectures from visiting Professors. Likewise, the role of the Alumni in sharing and developing experiences.

PO#8 - Air Transport System outcome: The student will identify and apply the fundamentals of air transportation as part of a global transportation system, including the technological, social, economical, and political aspects of the system as they applies to passenger and cargo operations and management.

PO #9 - Highway Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and discuss the characteristics of commercial, public, and private vehicles, as well as road and highway infrastructure, and the factors that lead to differences in the economics, pricing, and operations of the various forms of highway transportation and evaluate each method where used.

PO #10 - Rail Systems outcome: The student will apply the operational, economic, and regulatory characteristics of rail vehicles and rail right-of-ways for the movement of people and freight, to identify the advantages and potential of rail to the transportation system as a whole.

PO #11 - Marine Systems outcome: The student will apply their knowledge of the characteristics of marine vessels and the waterways on which they operate, as well as the economics, regulatory considerations, maritime and international laws, to evaluate the role of marine transport systems in the efficient transport of passengers and cargo.

PO #12 - Pipeline Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and justify the economics and regulatory aspects of pipelines, to include the movement of liquids, gases, slurries, and other bulk materials, as well as the various environmental and land use issues related to the construction and operation of pipelines.

PO #13 - Strategic Intermodal Alliance outcome: The student will demonstrate, through comparisons and analysis, an evaluation of the physical, economic, and regulatory aspects of intermodal transportation alliances at a local, national and international level.

PO #14 - Transportation Legislation outcome: The student will discuss and recall the evolution and development of federal transportation legislation including highway, air, railroad, maritime, transit, and pipeline, including funding mechanisms and past and present underlying problems. A critical review of applicable international treaties and conventions is included.

PO #15 - Transportation and the Environment outcome: The student will identify and describe the challenges of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient transportation system while mitigating the negative environmental impacts, to include economic, regulatory, legal, political, and energy consumption considerations.

PO #16 - Transportation Safety and Security outcome: The student will relate and recommend improvements for safety and security issues pertaining to transportation networks, vehicles, people, and facilities, as well as the construction and design of operational and managerial criteria for the defense of people and property.

PO #17 - Urban Transportation and City Planning outcome: The student will analyze city planning as it relates to meeting the needs of transporting people, goods and cargo. Evaluation will include examples of best and worst city practices and historical, technological and environmental influences. Students will assess city development, urban transportation public and private, motorized and non-motorized, as well as identifying the complex relationships between transportation and land use within the urban environment to evaluate existing and proposed designs.
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