SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N120763
Module Leader Brian Smith
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The work based learning project module has been designed to integrate the knowledge and skills that the student has developed through their participation on the BSc Railway Operations Management programme. It requires the student to produce a piece of work that reflects their own interests through the selection and definition of an appropriate project and progressing it to a satisfactory conclusion. On completion of this project the student should be able to demonstrate well developed skills for the gathering, analysis, evaluation and presentation of information, ideas, concepts and quantitative and/or qualitative data, drawing on a wide range of current sources. This will include the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as appropriate to the subject(s).


Negotiated: dependent on subject/discipline focus of project, and/or thematic programme. Core: -426b7 Project planning and Management -426b7 Researching and literature reviewing b7 Gathering primary data b7 Project Report writing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of railway operations.2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology in relation to three defined areas of railway operations.3. Generate an appropriate project management plan setting out the aims, objectives, scope and methods of enquiry within stipulated timescales. 4. Complete a project report comprising primary research, module materials and wider reading, within the stipulated timescales and deliver a presentation, using appropriate techniques, setting out its key ideas and findings.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be a video conference at the beginning of the module to set out the requirements of the module. General support will be offered through Blackboard, which students must access. There will be provision for three drafts of the Project Management Plan (PMP). The initial idea will be commented on by an IRO member of staff and subsequent drafts by GCU staff. Support on delivering presentations will also be available on Blackboard. In addition to the Blackboard discussion board GCU tutors will be available for telephone and email discussion.

Indicative Reading

Bell, J (2005) Doing your research project (4 th edition) OUP, Buckingham Campbell, D, Campbell, M (1995) The student's guide to doing research on the Internet , Addison-Wesley, Mass Denscombe, M. (2003) The Good Research Guide , Open University Press Moore Nick, (1999) How to do Research (3 rd Edition), London, Library Association Publishing Nutbrown, C (2007) A Student's Guide to Methodology , [2 nd edition], Sage Publications Ltd Reardon, D, (2006) Doing your Undergraduate Project , Sage Publications, London Robson, C (2006) How to do a Research Project: A guide for undergraduate students , John Wiley & Sons; Rugg, G. & Petre, M. (2007) A Gentle Guide to Research Methods , Maidenhead: Open University Press. Thomas, G (2009) How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences , Sage Publications Ltd Whetten, D A & Cameron, K S (2002) Developing Management Skills: Part 3: Solving Problems Analytically and Creatively , (5 th ed) Prentice Hall, New Jersey Wilson, J (2010) Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project , Sage Publications, London

Transferrable Skills

As well as covering the formal syllabus the student will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills. Some of these are covered in the formal syllabus and are assessed, and some are not. These include: -425b7 learning style and orientation to learning -425b7 communication skills b7 numeracy skills b7 time management b7 working independently b7 planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development b7 information retrieval skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 95.00
Independent Learning (PT) 65.00
Assessment (PT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 100.00 40% The project will be negotiated between the student, the module tutors and the Institution of Railway Operators.