SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N222044
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 in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity. This module is intended for students undertaking the BSc Railway Operations Management programme.

Summary of Content

This module will introduce some of the core management skills required to manage on the railway and will endeavour to contextualise them to this unique environment. Greater understanding in these areas should be supported by exposure to the management roles within business and also within the wider rail industry. Undoubtedly, it will aid development to network with other managers and also to discuss management aspects with managers from other industry sectors.


The following key areas will be considered: -426b7 Business planning b7 Decision making b7 Monitoring and evaluation b7 Values, aims and objectives b7 Culture b7 Organisational structure b7 Financial processes b7 Budgeting b7 Human Resource Management b7 Health and Safety management b7 Managing projects b7 Continuing Professional Development

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of core management skills required in the rail industry;2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of managing resources to deliver business needs;3. Evaluate the process of business planning and resource utilisation in the rail industry;4. Demonstrate an ability to reflect, review and plan your own core management skills development.

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

ESSENTIAL Books: Boddy, D. (2008) Management: An Introduction (4th ed.) London: FT Prentice Hall. RECOMMENDED Beerel, Annabel (2009) Leadership and Change Management , Sage Publications Ltd Blyton, P & Turnbull, P (2006) The Dynamics of Employee Relations (3rd edition) Palgrave The British Journal of Industrial Relations available at: <> European Journal of Industrial Relations is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at <> Handy, C B (2005) 'Understanding Organizations', (4th ed) Penguin Business Hamlin, B., Keep, J. & Nash, K (2001) - Organizational Change & development : a reflective guide for managers, trainers and developers , Prentice Hall Financial Times Hankinson, P. (1999), "An empirical study which compares the organisational structures of companies managing the world's top 100 brands with those managing outsider brands", Journal of Product and Brand Management , Vol. 8 No.5, pp.402-14. <;jsessionid=D11BDF6057CC459FBD76A9F8DB33B98A?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Pdf/0960080503.pdf> Huczynski, A and Buchanan, D (2007) Organisational Behaviour, (6th edition) Prentice Hall International Journal of Cross Cultural Management is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at <> Journal Organization Studies <> Mullins, L J (2007) Management and Organisational Behaviour, (8th edition) Financial Times Pitman Publishing, Olson, Eric M., Slater, Stanley F. and Hult, G. Tomas M. (2005). The Performance Implications of Fit among Business Strategy, Marketing Organization Structure, and Strategic Behavior. Journal of Marketing 69(3):49-65. <> Paton, R A & McCalman, J (2008), Change Management: a guide to effective implementation (3rd edition) Sage Publications Ltd Senior, R (2002), Organisational Change, FT Prentice Hall. Thompson, Leigh L (2008) Making the Team, Prentice Hall Wright, D.T, Burns, N.D (1998), "New organisation structures for global businesss: an empirical study", International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol.18, No. 9/10, pp 896-923 <;jsessionid=D11BDF6057CC459FBD76A9F8DB33B98A?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Pdf/0240180906.pdf> OTHER SOURCES <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

-284b7 Critical thinking and problem solving cognitive/intellectual skills. b7 Research skills: library and internet research skills. b7 Communication skills: discussion and report writing skills. b7 Acquire/improve knowledge of e-learning opportunities.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
On-line support 35.00
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Tutorials (PT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 60.00
Directed Learning 50.00

Assessment Methods

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