SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N223762
Module Leader Andrew DOHERTY
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to support those employed in railway operations or seeking a career in railway operations, to function effectively in the railway operations context and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the elements shown in the syllabus The objectives of this module are: -360 To enable students to gain a broad awareness and understanding of the concepts, basis and reasoning behind the methods of operating a railway, covering principles, practices and safety standards, in normal and degraded conditions. To introduce students to the requirements and arrangements to achieve the safe working of trains upon the railway infrastructure. This includes operational aspects of safety-related interfaces (i.e. with engineering work, staff, other rail systems, level crossings and road vehicles) to ensure the protection of the movement of trains and the security of passengers and goods.


The following key areas will be considered: -360 the working of single, double and multiple track railways basic signalling principles and systems for train spacing track types and layouts level crossings station, yard and terminal working train movements including Out of Gauge and special working conditions train/infrastructure interface issues train driving and handling -360 the concepts of failsafe and wrong side failures -360 safety of operations in adverse or degraded conditions planned and emergency engineering work response to rail accidents and incidents communications systems and standards people issues in railway operations achieving, maintaining and improving operational safety standards

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge of railway interfaces, operating principles and practices.2. Demonstrate understanding of how elements of railway systems logistics co-ordinate and reflect their business context. 3. Undertake a critical analysis of the common strands and issues emerging from interfaces in people and railway systems.4. Show knowledge of the purpose and structure of operating standards, rules, regulations and instructions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is designed to be relevant to the student's workplace. The module teaching materials will be made available through GCULearn. This can also be used to facilitate on-line discussions with students. Support will be offered through webinars, e-mail on-line discussion and telephone. A tutorial event at the start of the module will bring students together from the programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors. Formative assessment will be used not only to encourage knowledge of the subject, but also to help develop transferable skills. Summative assessments will provide evidence of the learning achieved throughout the module. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL READING Doherty, A. (2015 - updated annually) Railway Operating Principles Core Text, Institution of Railway Operators. Hall, S. (2010) ABC Modern Signalling Handbook (4 th edition), Ian Allan Publishing Essential Reference Material: Health and Safety Executive (2012) Reducing Error and Influencing Behaviour, Health and Safety Executive Office of Rail Regulation (2011) Level Crossings: A Guide for Managers, Designers and Operators, Railway Safety Publication 7 OTHER RECOMMENDED READING Hall, S. (2003) Beyond Hidden Dangers: Railway Safety into the 21st Century, Surrey: Ian Allen Hall, S. and Mark, P. (2008) Level Crossings, London: Ian Allan Rolt, L. T. C. (1982) Red for Danger, Fourth Edition. London: David and Charles. Vaughan, A. (2003), Tracks To Disaster, Surrey: Ian Allan OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES www.rgsonline.co.uk www.raiu.ie www.rsc.ie <http://www.rsc.ie> www.rail-reg.gov.uk www.railwaysarchive.co.uk www.thesignalpage.nl/en/data.php www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/signals.html www.railway-technical.com/sigind.shtml www.dlr.co.uk

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Written communication skills -425b7 Personal and interpersonal skills b7 Information gathering skills b7 Problem solving b7 Critical thinking and reflection -425b7 Assessment and evaluation skills -425b7 Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Independent Learning (PT) 160.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 100% CourseworkThe assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators and Glasgow Caledonian University. For example, this may include a short answer questions to assess the understanding and principles and terminology and an essay Part B.