SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H922030
Module Leader n/a
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 importance of operators and engineers working closely together. Specific areas covered by the module include types of rolling stock, their design features and their maintenance as well as the components of railway infrastructure, their design features and their renewal and maintencance.


-426 During the module the student will cover the following syllabus: - New technology and the importance of research and development - The operating characteristics of the various types of electric and diesel vehicles and their applications for heavy rail, light rail and metro systems - Asset ownership arrangements - Maintenance arrangements - Using planning to minimise down time - Operating and engineering interface implications of track systems, power supply and distribution systems and formation and structures - The mechanical and electrical services used on railways - The issues surrounding new works and major project planning - Elements of ground engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Describe and analyse the engineering constraints that need to be taken into account in operating the railways system, including the need for comprehensive maintenance arrangements.2. Critically evaluate the opportunities created by new technology and research and development.3. Describe and analyse the asset ownership arrangements and outline the different operating characteristics of the various types of vehicles and their applications for heavy rail, light rail and metro systems.4. Analyse and evaluate the types and operating/engineering interface implications of track systems, power supply and distribution systems, formation and structures.

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

Bonnett, C.F. (2005) Practical Railway Engineering , Second Edition, Imperial College Press Cope, G.H. (1993) British Railway Track: Design, Construction and Maintenance , Sixth Edition, Permanent Way Institution Profillidis, V.A. (2006) Railway Management and Engineering , Ashgate van der Meulen, RD (1991) Optimisation of the Economic Relationship between Train Handling and Track Maintenance, Presented at the IHHA Railway Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 1991 South African rail industry magazines: Railways Africa SA Rail Magazine. Websites: www.rail-reg.gov.uk <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk> www.rgsonline.co.uk <http://www.rgsonline.co.uk> www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/signals <http://www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/signals> www.railway-technical.com/sigind <http://www.railway-technical.com/sigind> www.railwaysarchive.co.uk <http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk> www.dlr.co.uk <http://www.dlr.co.uk> (navigate to Technology ) www.spoornet.co.za <http://www.spoornet.co.za> website (Transnet Freight Rail Core Business.) Transnet reading: 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

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
Directed reading 35.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Tutorial discussion 10.00
Independent Learning (PT) 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 and Glasgow Caledonian University.