SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N223760
Module Leader Colin Charman
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 and understanding of the elements shown in the syllabus which constitute the tools that operators control.


The following key areas will be considered: -360b7 Block Signalling -360b7 The track b7 Electrified railway systems b7 From the cab and line side features b7 Engineering work b7 Level Crossings -360b7 Yard, depot and station operations -360b7 Communication and control.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of the key operating principles of railwaysOffer an objective critique of safety protocols in their own railway businessDemonstrate an understanding of how various organisations and departments work together to deliver those principles

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. 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. 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.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL Hall, S., (2005) Modern Signalling Handbook, Ian Allan Hall, S and Van der Mark, P., (2008) Level Crossings, Ian Allan Kichenside, G. and Williams, A. (2008) Two Centuries of Railway Signalling, 2 nd edition, Ian Allan Glover, J., (2013) Principles of Railway Operation, Ian Allan Rolt, L. T. C., (2009) Red for Danger, The History Press Ltd RECOMMENDED RSSB and RAIB websites - students should use the RSSB website at least to observe the railway Rule Book, its summary contents and layout and the RAIB website to look at one accident report Web research into Iarnrod Eireann and Northern Ireland Railways (Translink)

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) 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.