SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2N106863
Module Leader Fiona Tordoff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M2N206859 Personal and Professional Development and Work Based Learning. The learner must be employed in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity. This module is intended for students undertaking the BSc Railway Operations Management

Summary of Content

The objectives of this module are to enable the student to: - learn the basic principles of train planning and performance; - gain an understanding of the documentation of the train plan and the performance, and of how it is constructed and used in the railway workplace; - gain an appreciation of the infrastructure over which the traffic runs and the impact of engineering work.


During this module the student will cover the following syllabus, which will enable the student to identify the basic principles, which apply to the following specific areas of operation: - Timetable construction (train graph, the occupation graph, rules of the plan, rules of the route); - Types of train planning (the permanent timetable, short-term timetable, very short, investigatory exercises, engineering work, projects); - Types of train services; - Infrastructure implications (track layout, headways, line speed, train speed, line capacity, single lines, bi-directional signaling, electric power supply); - Passenger and freight terminal constraints; - Identifying poor performance of the train service; - Resource planning; - Bringing about improvements in performance: the train planning - the performance loop

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically analyse approaches to train planning and performance management; 2. Demonstrate an understanding of infrastructure implications and resource planning in train performance management; 3. Evaluate the factors which have an impact on timetable construction;4. Demonstrate an understanding of the stages of timetable construction.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

It is intended that this module is delivered through Blackboard, GCU's on-line learning environment. Students will be expected to participate in a range of e-learning activities including individual and group work, and where appropriate self- and peer assessment. Formative assessment will be used to encourage learning and interpersonal skills, and the summative assessments will provide evidence of the development achieved throughout the module. 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. Further support will be offered via Blackboard, for example on line discussion and announcements, by e-mail and telephone 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. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module. This module is delivered by the Institution of Railway Operators.

Indicative Reading

Glover, J (1999) ABC of Railway Operations, Ian Allan Publishing, Shepperton (specifically chapters 3 and 5) Harris, N. & Schmidt, F. (2003) Planning Freight Railways, A & N Harris Harris, N. & Goddard, E. (1991) Planning Passenger Railways, A & N Harris Publications -345b7 Any national timetable b7 A website for a train operating company b7 Any available working timetables b7 Railway periodicals, eg Modern Railways, Railway World and Rail Professional b7 Operations - The Second Chance (inaugural address to the Institution of Railway Operators by Chris Green 11 th May 2000) b7 Modern Railways article in June 2008 issue (East Midlands Trains) b7 Modern Railways article in July 2008 issue (Circle Line) -2076 Suggested Visits -345b7 Train Planning Office (E.g. one of the Network Rail centralised centres, such as Leeds) b7 Train Operating Company Train Planning Section b7 Local Signalling/Control Centre Simple observation at a range of locations

Transferrable Skills

Written communication skills People management skills Problem solving Information gathering skills Critical thinking and reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 50.00
Directed Learning 55.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Tutorial Support 15.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% The assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators and Glasgow Caledonian University.