SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H923776
Module Leader Piers Connor
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 maintenance.


The following key areas will be considered: -425 New technology and the importance of research and development -425 The operating characteristics of the various types of electric and diesel vehicles and their applications for heavy rail, light rail, metro systems Asset ownership arrangements Maintenance arrangements Using planning to minimize 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 -425 Elements of ground engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Understand and analyse types of engineering/operating interface - track, power, supply and distribution systems, formation and structures, including engineering constraints and maintenance requirements to operate a railway system.2. Demonstrate critical understanding of the opportunities provided by technology and research and development and their application to the railway.3. Demonstrate knowledge, skill and understanding of Asset Ownership arrangements, operational characteristics of vehicle types and how they are applied on the railway.

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, the GCU on-line learning environment. It is hoped students will participate in discussions on-line. Support will be offered on the web by 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 Bonnett, C.F. (2005) Practical Railway Engineering, Second Edition, Imperial College Press [online: <>] Useful Websites Department for Transport www.dft.gov.uk <http://www.dft.gov.uk/> Office of Rail Regulation www.rail-reg.gov.uk <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/> Rail Accident Investigation Branch www.raib.gov.uk <http://www.raib.gov.uk/> Network Rail www.networkrail.co.uk <http://www.networkrail.co.uk/> Rail Safety and Standards Board www.rssb.co.uk <http://www.rssb.co.uk/> Railway Technical Web Pages www.railway-technical.com <http://www.railway-technical.com/>

Transferrable Skills

-360 Written communication skills Personal and interpersonal skills Information gathering skills Problem solving Critical thinking and reflection Assessment and evaluation skills Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills. -425

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.