RAIL STRATEGY: A SYSTEMIC PERSPECTIVE

SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN223942
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 cover the following areas: -357b7 high priority strategic and operational railway challenges (Standard Gauge, double stacking, high speed trains, intermodal operations, new traction energy options) b7 the systemic relationship between technical and operational activities in rail transport from a managerial perspective b7 institutional arrangements that influence rail operations in the Southern African context b7 railway management and ownership structures including those relating to privatization, concessioning and franchising b7 the social and economic impact of railway service termination b7 railway infrastructure and rolling stock from an operational and strategic management perspective

Syllabus

-357b7 Standard Gauge, double stacking, high speed trains, intermodal operations, new traction energy options b7 Technical and operational activities in rail transport from a managerial perspective b7 Institutional arrangements that influence rail operations in the Southern African context b7 Railway management and ownership structures b7 The social and economic impact of railway service termination -357b7 Railway infrastructure and rolling stock

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the systemic characteristics of railways. 2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the role of information technology in rail transport. 3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the current state of railway operations in Southern Africa. 4. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of organisational arrangements for railways. 5. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to evaluate the social and developmental role of railways.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication.

Indicative Reading

MARINOV, M (2009) Rail and Multimodal Freight: A Problem-Oriented Survey (Part 11-2), Transport Problems, vol. 4 no. 3 RAIL AND MULTIMODAL FREIGHT: A PROBLEM-ORIENTED SURVEY (PART II-2) Republic of South Africa: Department of Transport (2009) National Transport Master Plan: NatMap 2050 - Rail Gauge Study Report, August [available from: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208552179/NATMAP-Rail-Gauge-Report-Final#scribd] Republic of South Africa: Department of Transport (2015) National Rail Policy: Green Paper, August [available from: http://www.sashippers.net/web/images/NF92/National%20Rail%20Policy%20Green%20Paper.pdf]

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others on a complex group assignment. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation. Peer assessment: skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Research skills: data gathering using secondary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint and MS Word packages for presentations and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% Summative 2: Rail service is not only about an effective and efficient mode of transport, but impacts on communities through which it passes.Appraise what role rail could play in stimulating economic development and its contribution to the socio-economic improvement of the affected communities.Word count: 1,500 wordsWeighting: 40%Learning Outcomes covered: All
Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 35% Summative 1: In dealing with the future of the South African Railways various challenges exist regarding ownership and access rights.Critically analyse three ownership structures which exist internationally and conclude which structure should be the sustainable option for South Africa. Define and justify an access regime to be implemented for your preferred structure.Word count: 1,000 wordsWeighting: 20%Learning Outcomes covered: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Course Work 03 n/a 40.00 35% Summative 3: Creating a balance between cost efficiency, market demand and traffic density is a daunting objective given the capital intense nature of investment in railways with regard to infrastructure, rolling stock and communication systems.Against this background develop and evaluate the strategic considerations to enable harmonization and long term viability of railways nationally and internationally.Word count: 1,500 wordsWeighting: 40%Learning Outcomes covered: All