SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N222048
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
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 work based learning project integrates the knowledge and skills that the student has developed in other modules in this course. The module requires the student to undertake independent research project based in their workplace.


The following key areas will be considered: - Reflective practice - Research - Literature review - Writing learning outcomes - Effective presentation - Critical analysis - Project management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the main areas of railway operations2. Use a range of skills and techniques in relation to the railway industry to design project learning outcomes.3. Demonstrate an ability to conduct a work based project.4. Conduct and present a literature review for the project

Teaching / Learning Strategy

It is intended that the programme is delivered through Blackboard, 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. Assessments are designed in order to allow students to integrate the academic knowledge gained on the programme with practical problems they encounter in the workplace.

Indicative Reading

Essential Bell, J. (1999) Doing Your Research Project, OUP, Buckingham Denscombe, M. (2003) The Good Research Guide, Open University Press Whetten, D.A. and Cameron, K.S. (2002) Developing Management Skills: Part 3: Solving Problems Analytically and Creatively (5th edition) Prentice Hall, New Jersey Recommended Further texts will be dependent on subject/discipline focus of the project. The indicative reading provided for each of the modules that the student chooses to draw upon will be relevant.

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
Directed Learning 30.00
Assessment (PT) 50.00
Online support 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% The assessments are work based and negotiated between the student and tutors from Glasgow Caledonian University.