SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N223949
Module Leader Marty Wright
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will cover the main elements and principles involved in planning train services and executing them in accordance with appropriate safety standards. Specifically, it is intended to help students to: -284 - Gain an understanding of 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. - Gain an understanding of safety law and its implications in train planning


The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: -426b7 Timetable construction b7 Types of train planning b7 Infrastructure implications b7 Resource planning b7 Bringing about improvements in performance: the Train Planning Performance loop b7 Railway safety law and safety legislation b7 Introduction to risk management and safety management systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Analyse approaches to train planning and performance management2. Demonstrate an understanding of infrastructure implications and resource planning in train performance management3. Analyse the factors which have an impact on timetable construction 4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of rail operational safety

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

Carey, M. and Carville, S. (2003) Scheduling and platforming trains at busy complex stations . Pergamon Garthwaite, A.T. (2005). Making the trains run on time . University of Pennsylvania Glover, J. (2013) Principles of Railway Operation. London: Ian Allan Publishing Harris, N. & Schmidt, F. (2003) Planning Freight Railways, A & N Harris Hall, S. (2003) Beyond Hidden Dangers: Railway Safety into the 21 st Century, Surrey: Ian Allen. Harris, N . (2015) 'Operations Based Planning' in Designing and Maintaining the Urban Railway , ed. Connor, P, Harris, N G & Schmid, F , A & N Harris/University of Birmingham, United States Harris, N . (2015) 'Railway Planning and Operations' in Handbook of Transportation , ed. Teodorovic, D, Routledge, New York, United States, pp. 290-306 Stranks,J. (2007) Human Factors and Behavioural Safety, Ashgate Websites: Network Rail: ATOC: Office of the Rail Regulator: Transnet Freight Rail Core Business: Foy, K., Van Dyke. C., Algorithms to run the trains on time. Mercer Management Journal. For an indication of how the Swiss show their train plans (diagrams), try . This shows the loco and coaches diagrammed for nearly all Swiss trains (except Regio). Transnet Freight Rail monthly Platform Transnet Freight Rail Portal Transnet Freight Rail General Appendix No. 6 (Part 1 ) (2006) Transnet Freight Rail Train Working Rules All Transnet Freight Rail news bulletins Modern Railways article (East Midlands Trains) (Circle Lines) Magazines: There are numerous railway magazines available in the shops containing information on subjects ranging from political developments affecting the industry to reserved steam traction. Very good for current international developments are: -720 Rail Magazine (UK), Modern Railways, Rail Professional, Railway Gazette International Railway Digest Magazine (Australia). Trains: The magazine of Railroading (USA) Railways Africa SA Rail Magazine. For this module any national timetable is a good reference. -720

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
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 45.00 35% Summative 2: Written assessment.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.
Course Work 01 n/a 10.00 35% Summative 1: Short written assessment.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.
Course Work 03 n/a 45.00 35% Summative 3: Written assessment.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.