SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N225988
Module Leader n/a
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce some of the core management skills required to manage on the railway and will contextualise them to this environment.


The following key areas will be considered: Business planning; Decision making; Monitoring & evaluating; Values, aims & objectives; Culture; Organisation structure; Financial processes; Budgeting; Human Resource management; Health & Safety management; Managing projects; Continuous Professional Development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an overall appreciation of the body of knowledge in relation to managing people to deliver business needs.2. Demonstrate an overall appreciation and understanding of the body of knowledge in relation to managing resources to deliver business needs.3. Apply knowledge and understanding of managing people and organisations within a railway operations environment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the face to face contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use real world and real work scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. Approaches which all aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team members are essentially facilitators but will also determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery. Inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

ESSENTIAL Books: Boddy, D., (2013) Management: An Introduction (6 th edition) Prentice Hall Financial Times RECOMMENDED Books: -Blyton P. and Turnbull, P. (2004) The Dynamics of Employee Relations (3 rd edition) Palgrave -Gubbins, E. (2003) Managing Transport Operations ( 3 rd edition)The Institute of Logistics and Transport / Kogan Page -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. & McCalman, J. (2008) Change Management: A guide to effective implementation (3 rd edition) Sage Publications Ltd -Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2010), Organisational Change (4 th edition) Financial Times, Prentice Hall -Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S. and Atkinson, C. (2014) Human Resource Management , (9 th edition) Pearson Professional Journals: Journal of Management Consulting Management Today People Management Modern Railways Websites: T he Bill of Rights in The SA Constitution (Act 108 of 1996) Chapter 2, available at: <> Regulating Labour Relations, available at: Trade Unions in South Africa, available at: <>

Transferrable Skills

The key transferable skills developed in this module are oral and written communication, use of information technology, and evaluate and creative problem solving skills. Information technology skills will be developed through Internet searches and online communication. Analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving will be developed throughout the module experience but especially through case studies, seminar debates.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% 1500 word report
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 1500 word essay