t.BA.VS.VSB.19HS (Transportation Systems - Operations) 
Module: Transportation Systems - Operations
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Transportation Systems - Operations
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Version: 1.0 start 01 February 2019

Short description

Focus in this module is given to: 
Relevant operational factors such as actors, production factors and procedures, legislation
Static and dynamic operating principles for sections and nodes of raod and rail
Operational planning and control including timetabling of public transport
Productivity : parameters and optimisations

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Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
The students know the particular product-technical requirements with relevance for operative transport services  as well as the objective and service processes   F K2
The students are aware of the different rules, responsibilities and the co-operation of different operative actors in public and private transportation as well as of customer requirements with respect to service performances.  F K2
The students are conscious of legal conditions and the principles of traffic management with relevance to operation on road and rail. They are able to apply these adequately with respect to specific tasks. 
F K3
The students are able to create common operational concepts taking into account the productivity of involved transport modes.  F K3

Module contents

(1) Production: Fundamental terms and Definitions
  • Different types/functions/responsibilities of entities being involved directly or indirectly in operative transport procedures. 
  • Terms in context of transport procedures and economy such as traffic volumes, performances and efficiency
  • Production factors and -procedures for service performances of passenger and freight traffic basing on technical performances of infrastructures, operating equipment and maintenance.  
  • Transport Service Procedures: characteristics and quality management.
(2) Actors in the transport market and customer requirements  (users, concerned, communities)
  • Characterisation, co-operation and implications on transportation procedures, economic viability as well as for operators, transport users and concerned population.
(3) Legal Frameworks
  • Responsibility levels, rights and obligations regulated in laws, regulations and implementation rules for operators of infrastructures, public transport companies and road users.​
(4) Operations Control of Road Traffic
  • Permanent and temporary traffic management of transport infrastructure and users.
(5) Operation Control of Rail Traffic
  • Assets used for operation, rolling stock and capacities taking into account signalling in relation to operational parameters and public transport service supply.
  • According to system characteristics transformation of service concepts to operational concepts including timetabling, turnaround planning and rostering plus
(6) Production Processes its steering and monitoring.
  • Methodologies, procedures for planning, execution, monitoring and adjustments.
(7) Productivity
  • Quantification including relations between input and output as well as optimisations.

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Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 2a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester Term paper written   marking 20 %
End-of-semester exam Test written   marking 80 %



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Verkehrssysteme - Betrieb - Vorlesung
Verkehrssysteme - Betrieb - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.