SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N226333
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students must be working in the rail industry in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity .

Summary of Content

This module will introduce the student to a basic understanding and knowledge of core management skills in the industry including principles and concepts of department level finance, people performance, team performance, control of resources and regulatory/ contractual/safety influences on work in rail.


The following key areas will be considered: -320b7 Business planning; b7 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 Continuous Professional Development b7 Leadership of change b7 Individual and Team performance. b7 Fraud; corrective action.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the core management skills required in the rail industry2. Outline how various organisations and departments work together to deliver their objectives and inspire confidence in the rail industry. 3. Explain own role and responsibilities within the organisation, the wider transport network, its targets, performance measures and obligations. 4. Utilise reflection to summarise module related learning

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This work-based module adopts a blended approach to learning which combines face to face contact, through classroom based tutorials and/or webinars, and online learning via GCU's virtual learning environment, GCU Learn. The teaching and learning strategy encourages an active and self-directed approach to learning. In the context of a work-based ethos, teaching and learning methods use real world and real work scenarios to promote inquiry and problem based learning in a collaborative learning environment. Students will be expected to take an objective stance and use a wide range of evidence to support their arguments, for example academic theories/theoretical perspectives/concepts/techniques/principles/rules and regulations in order to frame and analyse actual work-based problems. Learners will be supported during the module by the module team including module tutors and the IRO Learning and Development team as well as dedicated GCU academic members of staff including Academic Development Tutors (ADT's). Module tutors act as facilitators of learning and assessment and also determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery. They also support students to identify relevant work activity that can operate as a source for work-integrated learning and assessment. ADTs provide support for academic writing and the development of study techniques. Both formative and summative assessment strategies will be adopted during the module. Formative assessment is used as a foundation upon which students can build towards their summative work. Formative opportunities will be used to provide developmental feedback to enhance students' learning and academic writing. The summative assessment will enable students to demonstrate their learning in relation to the module learning outcomes in a work-based context.

Indicative Reading

BLYTON, P. & TURNBULL, P.,2004. The dynamics of employee relations , 3 rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan. BODDY, D., 2016, Management: An Introduction , 7 th ed edition, Prentice Hall Financial Times BUCHANAN, D. & HUCZYNSKI, A. 2019. Organisational Behaviour , 10 th Ed, Prentice Hall GUBBINS, E. 2003. Managing Transport Operations , 3rd ed. The Institute of Logistics and Transport/Kogan Page HANDY, C. B., 1993. Understanding Organizations , 4th edition, Penguin Business MCCALMAN, J, PATON, R. A. & SIEBERT, S. 2016. Change Management: a guide to effective implementation , 4 th ed. Sage Publications Ltd MULLINS, L. J. 2019, Management and Organisational Behaviour , 12 th ed, Financial Times Pitman Publishing Other Sources of information ACAS: <> Chartered Managers Institute: <> CIPD: <> Institution of Railway Operators: <> Modern Railways, Available at: <>

Transferrable Skills

-426b7 Reflection b7 Independent learning b7 Professional behaviours b7 Written communication skills b7 Information retrieval skills: library and internet research skills b7 Problem solving b7 Time management skills b7 Applying theoretical principles to workplace b7 Applying theoretical principles to workplace

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 25.00
Lectures (PT) 7.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Assessment (PT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% CW2: A learning Log not exceeding 1000 wordsWeighting: 30%Addressing LO4
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 35% CW1: A written work based assignment not exceeding 2000 wordsWeighting: 70%Addressing LO1, 2 & 3