SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N226736
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 aim of this module is to support potential or existing middle managers/ supervisors to function effectively in the railway operations context and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to basic railway operations.


The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: -360b7 Block-27 Signaling basic terminology -360b7 Operation of signals and points -360b7 Principals of block working/Absolute Block Sections/Track circuit block -360b7 The-16 track -360b7 Electrified-23 railway-22 systems -360b7 Cab signaling/GPS/Moving block -1 and-10 -1 line-10 side-9 features -360b7 Engineering-31 -1 work -360-1b7 Level-27 -1 Crossings -360b7 National Command Centre working and Operational working procedures -360-5b7 Yard,-14 -1 depot-13 -1 and-13 station-13 -1 operations -360b7 Trains different braking systems/Vacuum/Air Brakes/ECP Brakes -360b7 Publications -360b7 When Things Go wrong/Rail Incident Commander/Official duties -360-1b7 Communication strategy control -360b7 Development of Operational Safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of Railway Operating Principles as they apply to key elements of rail operations.2. Demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety in relation to Safe rail operations.3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the ways in which Railway operations are controlled and managed.4. Apply knowledge and understanding to the operational workplace 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

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 Transnet Portal Transnet Intranet Monthly newsletters and update Rail magazines Modern Railways Rail Professional Transnet Freight Rail: General Appendix no. 6 (Part 1) 2006. Transnet Freight Rail Train Working Rules (2006) Local Appendix per Area General background: Network Rail: <> ATOC: <> Office of the Rail Regulator: <> Rail Safety Regulator, (RSR), RSSB and RAIB Websites

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
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Summative 1: Written assessment - 1800 words
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Summative 1: Written assessment - 1200 words