SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N226418
Module Leader n/a
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

-1 The course content gives a student general oversight into the history and functioning of a railway organization, with emphasis on operations, marketing and organizational structures.


The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: -What-11 -1 is-10 a-10 railway? -History of railways in Southern Africa --3 Train-20 Planning - Performance Management -Customer Service - The-20 Railway-19 -1 Business-19 -1 Organization -Concessions and Rail Regulators

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of the railway and how the main elements of freight rail evolved, specifically in a South African context.2. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and key elements of the management of train service performance.3. Identify and describe the nature of the organisational structures as well as demonstrate an understanding of the concept and application of concessions.4. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and the working and regulatory 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

-1 Essential -284b7 Transnet Portal b7 Transnet Intranet b7 Web research into Transnet, National Railways of Zimbabwe, CFM and TransNamib, RVR (Kenya) and BBR/Grindrods Recommended -284b7 Modern Railways July 2008, 'Straightening out the circle'; Rail Professional July 2008, interview with Mal McGreevy; Rail Magazine August 2008, interview with Dick Fearn. b7 Wolmar, C. 2001. Broken Rails, Aurum Press b7 Performance Indicators and Benchmarks for Railway Subsector in Tanzania, Sumatra, Tanzania b7 Railway Country, 150 Years of Rail in South Africa b7 Look at other websites, for example those of freight operators, the Department of Transport and Public Enterprises. b7 Visit marshalling yard and consider how things operations of rail handled and impact on customer service levels. b7 Arrange to visit a train crew depot and see how operating information is presented to drivers. b7 Look at annual reports from Transnet. b7 Explore different websites with information about railway concessions in Southern Africa

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
NEEDS UPDATED: 145 145.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Summative 1: Written assessment.Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module.Exceptions Case No.93
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Summative 2: Written assessment.Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module.Exceptions Case No.93