SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3N223774
Module Leader Sharon VYE PARMINTER
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to support those employed in railway operations or seeking a career in railway operations, to function effectively in the railway operations context, and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the elements shown in the syllabus. The module covers: -425b7 Legal issues affecting operations managers on the rail networks in the UK and Ireland under European law -425b7 Assessment and mitigation of risk b7 Railway Group Standards b7 Audit processes supporting the management of safety b7 Safety and security in the workplace for passengers and staff b7 The importance of contracts and managing contractors


The module syllabus covers the following aspects: -360 Organisational responsibility, leadership and communication. -360 The role of key national agencies such as the Office of Rail Regulation Assessing and managing risk. Safety critical and non-safety critical staff and the concept of staff competence. Operation of safety audit systems and the management of safety. Managing contractors

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Analyse and evaluate elements of strategic safety management within mainline and other rail operations.2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of organisational and institutional factors including safety management processes, leadership and, communication.3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of safety to practise.

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

David Stewart, D. (2003) "Is there any room on your train for me?", Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Volume 5, Issue 6, p. 30 Stranks, J. (2005) Health and Safety Law. (5 th edition) Edinburgh: Pearson Education Stranks,J. (2007) Human Factors and Behavioural Safety, Ashgate Publications -360b7 Managing for Health and Safety (HSG65) - Health and Safety Executive <> b7 Developing and maintaining staff competence - Railway Safety Principles and Guidance Part 3 Section A - Health and Safety Executive b7 The Railways & Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) - A Guide to ROGS - Office of Rail Regulation Useful Websites Rail Safety and Standards Board ( Office of Rail Regulation ( <>) Rail Accident Investigation Branch ( Health and Safety Executive ( <>) Railway Safety Commission ( <>) Railway Accident Investigation Unit ( Health and Safety Authority (

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. -720

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
n/a 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.