SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N223758
Module Leader Tony Manktelow
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

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 supervisory and 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: -360b7 Business planning; -360b7 Decision making; b7 Monitoring & evaluating; b7 Values, aims & objectives; b7 Culture; b7 Organisation structure; b7 Financial processes; b7 Budgeting; b7 Human Resource management; b7 Health & Safety management; b7 Managing projects; -360b7 Continuous Professional Development

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:1. Have a basic appreciation and knowledge of the core management skills required in the rail industry, including general management principles, management processes, organisational culture, organisational structure, financial processes, people management, health & safety and project management.2. Be able to contextualise that knowledge within a railway operations environment.3. Demonstrate an ability to reflect, review and plan their own core management skills development.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is designed to be relevant to the student's workplace. The module teaching materials will be made available through GCULearn.. It is hoped students will participate in discussions on-line. 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. Support will be offered on the web by e-mail on-line discussion and telephone. A tutorial event at the start of the module will bring students together from the programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL Boddy, D., (2013), Management - An Introduction, 6 th edition, Prentice Hall Financial Times RECOMMENDED Hamlin, R. G., Keep, J. and Ash, K. (eds) (2001) Organisational change and development: a reflective guide for managers, trainers and developers, Harlow: Financial Times, Prentice Hall Handy, C. B. (1993) Understanding Organizations , 4 th edition, Penguin Business Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (2013) Organisational Behaviour, 8 th edition, Prentice Hall Mullins, L. J. (2013), Management and Organisational Behaviour, 10 th edition, Financial Times Pitman Publishing Paton, R. A. and McCalman, J. (2008), Change Management: a guide to effective implementation, 3 rd edition, Sage Publications Ltd Blyton <>, P. and Turnbull, P. (2006) The Dynamics of Employee Relations, 3 rd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Gubbins, E (2003) Managing Transport Operations, 3 rd edition, The Institute of Logistics and Transport/Kogan Page Professional Journals: Journal of Management Consulting Management Today People Management Modern Railways Other Sources of information Websites: <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Critical thinking and problem solving skills -360b7 Cognitive and intellectual skills b7 Library and internet research skills -360b7 Communication skills -360b7 Report writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 50.00
Independent Learning (PT) 150.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 100% CourseworkThe assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators and Glasgow Caledonian University. For example, this may include a short answer questions to assess the understanding and principles and terminology and an essay Part B.