SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2N206864
Module Leader Caroline Tuff
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

This module will introduce the student to the fundamentals of safety management. The objectives of this module are to: - give a brief history of railway safety law - outline safety legislation - consider the role of Health and Safety representatives - provide an introduction to risk management - introduce you to safety management systems - describe Railway Group Standards


The module will cover the following syllabus: - safety on the railway - statute versus civil law - general health and safety legislation - duties of the employer - approved codes of practice - safety case regulations - assessment - rights, responsibilities and functions of health and safety representatives - qualitative and quantitative risk management - review, management and renewal - safety policy - review of safety management systems - Railway Group standards

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of how main line and other railways operate within the structure of current safety law; 2. Evaluate the relationship between licensing and safety legislation;3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative risk assessments, safety management systems, and the principles of check and audit.4. Evaluate the need for industry-wide safety standards and demonstrate how company standards fit into this structure.

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

UK Health and Safety Executive: (1997) Successful health and safety management (HSG65 Second edition). HSE Books ISBN 0 7176 1276 7. Railway Safety Principles and Guidance (1996) HSE Books UK Health and Safety Executive 'Safe movement of trains' (Railway Safety Principles and Guidance Part 3 Section B), (HSG242) HSE Books, ISBN 0 7176 2727 6 UK Health and Safety Executive: Reducing error and influencing behaviour (HSG48) HSE Books ISBN 0-7176-2452-8 Glover J, ABC Railway Operations Ian Allan Publishing Railway Familiarisation Course - Office of Rail Regulation Taking Safe Decisions - RSSB The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry - Part 2 Report (2001) - HSE Books ISBN 0 7176 2107 3 Reason, J. (1990) Human Error , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press ISBN 0-521-31419-4 Hall, Stanley, Beyond Hidden Dangers , Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 0 7110 2915 6 Useful Websites Department for Transport <> Transport Scotland Health and Safety Executive <> Office of Rail Regulation <> Rail Accident Investigation Branch <> Network Rail <> Rail Safety and Standards Board <>

Transferrable Skills

Written communication skills People management 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
Directed Learning 55.00
Independent Learning (PT) 50.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Tutorial Discussion 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.