Certificate and Diploma Courses
The IRSE has been advised by Central Queensland University (CQUni) that, for internal reasons, the University has decided that it will not continue to offer the Railway Signal and Telecommunications Program. This means that CQUni will not accept new enrolments for the Program in 2015 and that only second year courses will be offered in 2015. No further railway signalling courses will be offered after 2015.
The IRSE in association with Rail Innovation Australia (RIA) are currently in negotiations with a number of alternative providers for the Program with the aim to re-start enrolments with another University in 2016.
Students who will have completed all first year courses by the end of Term 3, 2014 and wish to complete the Graduate Diploma through CQUni are advised that they must enrol and complete their second year courses in 2015.
Those interested in commencing study in the Railway Signal and Telecommunications Program should register their interest by sending their details to Vicky Kreiser at RIA via email . They will be advised as soon as the new arrangements are put in place.
The objective of the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma program in Railway Signalling and Telecommunications programs is to facilitate the development of competent railway S & T engineers; by providing students with a well-rounded knowledge base, supplemented by relevant work based exercises, to complement employer's graduate development program for new graduates.
The programs also offer an opportunity for those without basic engineering degree qualifications but have extensive work experience in a relevant field to upgrade their academic qualifications.
The Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling, is recognised by the IRSE as acceptable alternative academic qualification for purpose of application for Corporate Membership. This program comprises six courses to be studied in the distance mode – usually as a sequence of one course per term over two years. Students who wish to exit after completing the first three courses will be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Railway Signalling.
The first intake to this program commenced in 2004.
All course materials for these programs have been developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies (Rail CRC) in collaboration with its industry and university partners, with significant contribution by IRSE (Australasia) members. CQ University has been licensed by the Rail CRC to offer programs using the course materials.
Where appropriate, the program content has been aligned with the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) examination syllabus. In all cases, students learn local practices under the guidance of a work-based mentor as part of work-place activities.
The program will be offered only in distance learning mode using a web-based multi-media online learning platform. Students enrolled in the prograwill develop their professional network and practice their team work skill through assignments and project work in a multi-location team environment (Project-based Learning). Each student is jointly supervised by an academic and an industry-based supervisor (mentor). In addition, a current practitioner of the discipline will be employed as Tutor to guide students through their learning activities.
While people anywhere in the world can undertake this program, the required support arrangement is such that we are only able to accept applicants who can arrange local mentoring support from their employer.