SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N223754
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to support those employed in railway operations or seeking a career in railway operations, to function effectively in the railway operations context, and to provide them with the necessary knowledge about the fixed and variable attributes involved in basic railway operations.


T he following key areas will be considered: -360b7 What is a railway? b7 Train Planning b7 Performance Management b7 The railway business organisation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the railway and how the main elements of the railway organisation came about historically. 2. Explain the principles of the management of train service performance.3. Demonstrate knowledge of the key elements of a performance regime.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Online learning will be used to support the student. Support will be offered on the web by e-mail on-line discussion and telephone. Formative and summative assessments will be work based. It is compulsory to complete the Personal and Professional Development Plan in order to set out other areas of knowledge and skill the learner needs to undertake within an agreed timescale in the workplace.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL -360b7 Glover, J., (2013), Principles of Railway Operations, Ian Allan -360b7 Wolmar, C., (2007), Fire and Steam, Atlantic Books -360b7 Wolmar, C., (2009), Blood, Iron and Gold, Atlantic Books RECOMMENDED -360b7 Web research into Iarnrod Eireann and Northern Ireland Railways (Translink) -360b7 Look at other websites, for example those of freight operators, the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland and Passenger Focus -360b7 Arrange to visit a Train crew depot and see how operating information is presented to Drivers

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
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 160.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 100% CourseworkNegotiated coursework with the student, GCU and industry expert.