SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2N223815
Module Leader Andrew Pennington
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module is designed to support those employed in railway operations or seeking a career in railway operations, to function effectively in the railway operations context, and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the elements shown in the syllabus. This module will cover the principles involved in planning train services and executing them. Specifically, it will cover: the basic principles of train planning and performance; the documentation, construction and use of the train plan and the performance the infrastructure over which the traffic runs and the impact of engineering work .


The following key areas will be considered: 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 signalling, electric power supply) Passenger and freight terminal constraints; Resource planning Identifying poor performance of the train service Bringing about improvements in performance: the Train Planning ? Performance loop.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a discerning understanding of how train planning fits into the overall operation of the railway and impacts on railway performance and its management.2. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the railway infrastructure and other factors on train planning.3. Apply a knowledge and understanding of how timetables are constructed.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is designed to be relevant to the student's workplace. The module teaching materials will be made available through GCULearn. This can also be used to facilitate on-line discussions with students. Support will be offered through webinars, e-mail on-line discussion and telephone. 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. 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

Essential Institution of Railway Operators (2015) Train Planning and Performance Core Text , IRO Institution of Railway Operators (2014) Operations Handbook (chapters 4, 5 and 6), Institution of Railway Operators Modern Railways article in February 2010 issue (Northern Line) Modern Railways article in April 2010 issue ('Eureka' timetable) Online Resource <> <>

Transferrable Skills

b7 Written communication skills b7 Information gathering skills b7 Problem solving b7 Critical thinking and reflection b7 Assessment and evaluation skills b7 Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 100% CourseworkThe assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators and Glasgow Caledonian University. For example, this may include a short answer questions to assess the understanding and principles and terminology and an essay Part B.