Principles of rail operations; Network management; Best practices for train planning, performance management and delivery of service; technical elements of a railway from an operations perspective (train controls, signaling, communications, yards, tractive power etc);
The proposed course on Railway Operations reflects the industry demand and only a very limited number of Civil Engineering programs in the nation offer a similar course. The proposed course is the latest in a series of courses related to railroad engineering that are planned to be introduced in the CEE curriculum in the near future and is also part of the Graduate Certificate in Railway Engineering that was approved by the USC Board of Trustees in December 2015.
The railroad industry is the backbone of our nation's economic growth and is a growing industry. At the same time the railroad industry workforce is aging and large portions of employees are rapidly approaching retirement age, causing an abrupt generation change. Therefore, there is a strong need to prepare the next generation of engineers with expertise in railway systems
This presents a unique opportunity for the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and USC to be at the forefront and recognized as one of the leading programs in research and education related to railroads.
Comments were emailed to Dr. Lyons with a sample syllabus and INDEV Committee criteria for assessing the proposal.
I sent you an email that includes two attachments and the following text:
I see in the INDEV queue in the APPS that ECIV 582 has been submitted for approval by the INDEV Committee. We won’t meet again until January 21. I also see that there are no real schedule of assignments with minutes associated with assignments, etc. I also don’t see descriptions of all of the assignments and other items on the checklist we use. Committee members will ask how students are to “demonstrate an understanding” in the objectives and suggest words like explain, describe, etc.
I’ve attached the checklist and a syllabus that has all of the components that may be a beneficial guide. "
I don't want to further delay this proposal, but I noticed something we missed in the November 2 approval. I recommend that the proposal be amended (the justification section is a good place) to include a statement regarding accessibility/ADA. Something like this:
The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or department/college ID staff) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features. The course syllabus includes an accessibility statement that encourages students with disabilities to register with the Office of Student Disability services
APL has spoken with the proponent, who has agreed to the following action that was suggested by Distributed Learning on Jan 19, 2016:
"The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features."
Edits were provided at the INDEV Committee meeting on 02/11/16. Please make those edits. If you have questions or would like for me to review your updated syllabus prior to placing it in the APPS, please let me know. Thank you.
ECIV 582 Operations and Logistics of Railway Systems Partially Meets the criteria. I have some questions about how the combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous is used in the course. If this is the only course on Railway Systems nation-wide it should be a money maker. Proposer should attend meeting on Thursday, Feb 11, 2016
Final edits have been provided through email.
NOTE: You must meet the C & C deadline of April 1 (which means you must resubmit your final edited proposal in APPS, get electronic approvals from your department chair, distributed learning, college representative and me by that date as well) if you want your course to be reviewed at the LAST (April 11) meeting of C & C.
Edits suggested by the INDEV Committee have been completed.