SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2N122029
Module Leader n/a
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 Managment programme.

Summary of Content

The objectives of the module are to help students to understand: -426b7 How businesses in general and railways in particular are organised and financed b7 The organisational develop of railways b7 Governance and regulation of the rail industry b7 The objectives, constraints and organisational structures of a range of different railway businesses


The following key areas will be considered: -426b7 Business organisations - their environments, ownership and finance, organisational structures, cultures and leadership styles, strategy, planning and control the market for rail transport b7 Development of the national rail network over the last ten years b7 Governance of the rail industry - relationships between governments and railways, objectives and policies and Government bodies. b7 Railway businesses - case studies, infrastructure providers and train operators and an overview of rolling stock suppliers and other industry bodies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of how rail business organisations have developed2. Critically analyse the range of ways that railway businesses are currently organised, financed and managed3. Critically analyse the relationships between railway businesses, governments and regulatory bodies.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

It is intended that this module is delivered through GCU Learn, 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 fromt he programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors. Further support will be offered via GCU Learn, 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.

Indicative Reading

This section is intended as a guide for students to relevant further reading, from sources that are reasonably easy to access. In addition, most of the companies who are involved in train operations have informative websites. Department for Transport (England & Wales) The Department for Transport's Rail Group is responsible for the Government's relationship with the rail industry in England and, to a more limited extent, in Wales. It sets out the Government's overall requirements from the industry, procures franchised passenger train services and works with private sector partners to deliver major projects. www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail <http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail> Department of Transport (c9ire) Responsible for public transport, roads, maritime transport and civil aviation in c9ire <http://www.transport.ie/publictransport/overview.aspx> European Commission Transport Directorate Background to EU legislation and initiatives to develop the rail industry in Europe <http://ec.europa.eu/transport/rail/index_en.html> See also Modern rail, modern Europe for an overview of EU policy <http://ec.europa.eu/transport/publications/doc/modern_rail_en.pdf> Eurostat Statistical data source for the European Union, including Europe's railways <http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat> Iarnrf3d c9ireann - Irish Railways Overviews of the various aspects of the company's business, with downloadable documents describing major investment projects <http://www.irishrail.ie/home/company_information.asp> Modern Railways magazine Authoritative magazine predominantly focused on the UK. Rail industry. Roger Ford's Informed Sources articles often focus on railway business issues, see also his archive of material at www.alycidon.com <http://www.alycidon.com> Network Rail Extensive website with an overview of Network Rail's business activities and a 'resource library' section offering downloadable documents. www.networkrail.co.uk <http://www.networkrail.co.uk> Office of Rail Regulation Comprehensive website describing and documenting the work of the ORR. www.rail-reg.gov.uk <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk> The ORR publication Starting mainline rail operations: A guide to the regulatory framework provides a clear, easy-to-read summary of licensing and track access regimes in Great Britain. It can be accessed online at: <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/387_cm.pdf> Rail Freight Group The Rail Freight Group is the representative body for the rail freight industry. Their website contains a wide range of information on the industry. www.rfg.org.uk Published as an e-book on the Rail Freight Group website, the Rail Freight Handbook contains a wealth of information on the rail freight industry an the UK and Europe. <http://www.railfreightnews.com/ebook/> Rail Safety & Standards Board Independent, industry-owned CLG carrying out safety research and developing Railway Group Standards www.rssb.co.uk <http://www.rssb.co.uk> RailNet Europe Association of European railway infrastructure providers. Their website has links to the network statements of each member. www.railneteurope.com <http://www.railneteurope.com> Railway Gazette International Railway industry magazine with a worldwide focus. Also a useful website at www.railwaygazette.com <http://www.railwaygazette.com> Railways Africa Railway industry magazine with a South African focus. www.railwaysafrica.com. Railway Digest Magazine Railway industry magazine with a Australian focus. www.arhsnsw.com.au/rdigest.htm Translink Website containing detailed information about Northern Ireland's horizontally-integrated public transport business www.translink.co.uk <http://www.translink.co.uk> Transport for London Web pages giving an overview of TfL's corporate structure with individual fact sheets for each aspect of the services it provides www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate <http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate> Transport Scotland Website containing information on the transport agency of the Scottish Government www.transportscotland.gov.uk <http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk> Transport Statistics Great Britain Annual publication by the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Transport, available as a free Acrobat download from www.dft.gov.uk/transtat <http://www.dft.gov.uk/transtat> Statistics South Africa Annual publication of National Statistics and the Department for Transport. www.statssa.gov.za. Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia Often a useful place to start researching a specific subject but beware of using it as your only source - Wikipedia content is not subject to rigorous academic peer review and anybody can add or change entries. Some of the contributions are therefore a bit eccentric. www.wikipedia.com <http://www.wikipedia.com> Transnet Freight Rail Their website contains a wide range of information on the industry. www.spoornet.co.za

Transferrable Skills

- Written communications skills - Problem solving - Information gathering skills - Critical thinking and reflection - Assessment and evaluation skills - Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorial discussion 15.00
Assessment (PT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 35.00
Directed Learning 35.00

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, the University of Johannesburg.