RAILWAY OPERATING PRINCIPLES

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N223950
Module Leader yolande ditchfield
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will develop knowledge 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. It will consider 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 people and goods.

Syllabus

The objectives of this module are: -426b7 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. -426b7 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of rail operating principles and practices in the Rail industry.2. Demonstrate a discerning understanding of the purpose of railway standards, rules, regulations and instructions.3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Railway operational safety.4. Apply and evaluate practical applications to rail accident and incident recovery.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the face to face contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use real world and real work scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. Approaches which all aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team members are essentially facilitators but will also determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery. Inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL READING Hall, S. (2010) ABC Modern Signalling Handbook (4 th edition), Ian Allan Publishing 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

Transferrable Skills

The key transferable skills developed in this module are oral and written communication, use of information technology, and evaluate and creative problem solving skills. Information technology skills will be developed through Internet searches and online communication. Analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving will be developed throughout the module experience but especially through case studies, seminar debates.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 10.00 35% Summative 1: Short written assessment.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.Exceptions Case No.93
Course Work 03 n/a 45.00 35% Summative 3: Written assessment.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.Exceptions Case No.93
Course Work 02 n/a 45.00 35% Summative 2: Written assessment.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.Exceptions Case No.93