SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N222028
Module Leader n/a
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The learner must be employed ina full-time, part-time or volunatry capacity. This module is intended for students undertaking the BSc Railway Operations Management programme.

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to support potential middle managers/supervisors or existing middle managers to function effectively in the ratilway operations context and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to basic railway operations.


The following key areas will be considered: - Block Signalling - The track - Electrified railway systems - From the cab and lineside features - Engineering work - Level crossings - Yard, depot and station operations - Health and safety - Communication and control

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of railway signalling2. demonstrate a basic understanding of other railway operating principles and of the key elements of the railway3. demonstrate an understanding of health and safety in relation to railway operations4. evaluate the different types of trains and the reasons for these differences.5. consider the ways in which railway operators are controlled and managed.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

It is intended that this module is delivered through GCU Learn, GCU's on-line learning environment. Students will be expected to participate in a range of e-learning activities including individual and group work, and where appropriate self and peer assessment. Formative assessment will be used to encourage learning and interpersonal skills and the summative assessments will provide evidence of the development achieved throughout the module. A tutorial event at the start of the module will bring students together fromt he programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors. Further support will be offered via GCU Learn, for example on-line discussion and announcements, by e-mail and telephone. 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

INDICATIVE READING This section is intended as a guide for students to relevant further reading, from sources that are reasonably easy to access. In addition, most of the companies who are involved in train operations have informative websites. Department for Transport (England & Wales) The Department for Transport's Rail Group is responsible for the Government's relationship with the rail industry in England and, to a more limited extent, in Wales. It sets out the Government's overall requirements from the industry, procures franchised passenger train services and works with private sector partners to deliver major projects. <> Department of Transport (c9ire) Responsible for public transport, roads, maritime transport and civil aviation in c9ire <> European Commission Transport Directorate Background to EU legislation and initiatives to develop the rail industry in Europe <> See also Modern rail, modern Europe for an overview of EU policy <> Eurostat Statistical data source for the European Union, including Europe's railways <> Iarnrf3d c9ireann - Irish Railways Overviews of the various aspects of the company's business, with downloadable documents describing major investment projects <> Modern Railways magazine Authoritative magazine predominantly focused on the UK. Rail industry. Roger Ford's Informed Sources articles often focus on railway business issues, see also his archive of material at <> Network Rail Extensive website with an overview of Network Rail's business activities and a 'resource library' section offering downloadable documents. <> Office of Rail Regulation Comprehensive website describing and documenting the work of the ORR. <> The ORR publication Starting mainline rail operations: A guide to the regulatory framework provides a clear, easy-to-read summary of licensing and track access regimes in Great Britain. It can be accessed online at: <> Rail Freight Group The Rail Freight Group is the representative body for the rail freight industry. Their website contains a wide range of information on the industry. <> Published as an e-book on the Rail Freight Group website, the Rail Freight Handbook contains a wealth of information on the rail freight industry an the UK and Europe. <> Rail Safety & Standards Board Independent, industry-owned CLG carrying out safety research and developing Railway Group Standards <> RailNet Europe Association of European railway infrastructure providers. Their website has links to the network statements of each member. <> Railway Gazette International Railway industry magazine with a worldwide focus. Also a useful website at <> Railways Africa Railway industry magazine with a South African focus. Railway Digest Magazine Railway industry magazine with a Australian focus. Translink Website containing detailed information about Northern Ireland's horizontally-integrated public transport business <> Transport for London Web pages giving an overview of TfL's corporate structure with individual fact sheets for each aspect of the services it provides <> Transport Scotland Website containing information on the transport agency of the Scottish Government <> Transport Statistics Great Britain Annual publication by the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Transport, available as a free Acrobat download from <> Statistics South Africa Annual publication of National Statistics and the Department for Transport. Transnet Freight Rail Their website contains a wide range of information on the industry.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving cognitive/intellectual skills. Research skills: library and internet research skills. Communication skills: discussion and report writing skills. Acquire/improve knowledge of e-learning opportunities.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 80.00
Online Support 40.00
Directed Learning 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 100.00 40% The assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators, the University of Johannesburg and Glasgow Caledonian University.