MANAGEMENT OF RAILWAY BUSINESS AND PEOPLE

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N226194
Module Leader yolande ditchfield
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module is designed to promote an understanding of the nature and importance of the management of people and organizations in the context of the challenges faced by railway organizations operating in the global business environment. The module aims to enable students to understand the dimensions that influence management policies and practices and to gain awareness of how conceptual debates shape the management of people and organizations and translate into practical challenges in the railway business.

Syllabus

The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: -360 1. Importance and key challenges of people management. 2. Key models and frameworks to help enhance the analysis and understanding of managing people issues. 3. Managing people and organizations in the railway business environment. 4. Managing people in organizations: Challenges, Controversies and Contradictions.? 5. Managing organizational practices: Power, politics, ethics and decision-making . 6. Managing organizational structures and processes: Towards a post-bureaucratic organizational model .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of current theory, policies and practices around management of people and identify and analyse issues as they relate to the railway business.2. Demonstrate an understanding of current theory, policies and practices around management of organisations and identify and analyse issues as they relate to the railway business.3. Apply knowledge and understanding to people management and to the development of Railway business processes.

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

ESSENTIAL Books: Boddy, D., (2013) Management: An Introduction (6 th edition) Prentice Hall Financial Times RECOMMENDED Books: Blyton <http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/search-handle-url?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books-uk&field-author=Paul%20Blyton>, P. and Turnbull, P. (2004) The Dynamics of Employee Relations (3 rd edition) Palgrave Gubbins, E. (2003) Managing Transport Operations (3 rd edition)The Institute of Logistics and Transport / Kogan Page Hibbs, J. (2003) Transport Economics and Policy: A Practical Analysis of Performance Efficiency and Marketing Objectives, Kogan Page Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (2013) Organisational Behaviour, (8 th edition) Prentice Hall Mullins, L. J. (2013), Management and Organisational Behaviour (10 th edition) Financial Times Pitman Publishing Paton, R. A. & McCalman, J. (2008) Change Management: A guide to effective implementation (3 rd edition) Sage Publications Ltd Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2010), Organisational Change (4 th edition) Financial Times, Prentice Hall Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S. and Atkinson, C. (2014) Human Resource Management, (9 th edition) Pearson Transnet Portal Transnet Intranet Transnet Annual Report Annual State of Safety Report from the Rail Regulator Annual Report Rail Regulator Monthly newsletters and update Rail magazines Harvard Business Review Magazines Business Books on people management

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
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Summative 1: 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.Exceptions Case No. 93
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 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.Exceptions Case No. 93